Kuwait parliament pushes for severing Syria ties

March 2, 2012

Gulf News: 

 Kuwait’s parliament on Thursday called on the government to sever diplomatic relations with Syria, support the rebel Free Syrian Army and push for the trial of regime leaders as war criminals.

The calls were among ten recommendations endorsed by the parliament at a stormy session where lawmakers appeared divided, mainly along sectarian faults.

Sunnis Islamists used the debate on the Syria issue to lambast President Bashar Al Assad and Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah while Shiite MPs accused the rebels of killing innocent people.

Recommendations included issuing a statement by the parliament to condemn the “massacres by the Syrian regime,” dispatching medical delegations to treat wounded Syrians and transferring critical cases to Kuwaiti hospitals.

Other Arab parliaments should help pile up pressure to put an end to violence.

Lawmakers also called on the government to allow Syrians living in Kuwait to bring their wives and children and to support fund-raising and donation drives to assist the Syrian people.

The government should also provide medical assistance for wounded Syrians at their country’s borders with Jordan and Turkey, they said.

However, the debate over Kuwait’s position towards the situation in Syria was marred by altercations between lawmakers who supported a strong condemnation and practical measures and those who insisted that people had misconceptions about what was happening there.

“The Syrian revolution has forced people to drop masks, particularly the mask of the suspicious group who said it was just a matter of few bullets,” MP Mohammad Hayef said, referring to Hassan Nasrallah and Hizbullah.

The remarks sparked a strong reaction from MP Adnan Abdul Samad who blasted Hayef.

“You need to be clean before you dare speak about the hero of the resistance [against Israel],” he said, quoted by news site Al Aan.

MP Osama Al Munawar said that 23,000 people had been killed in Syria and urged the Kuwaiti government to join Qatar and Saudi Arabia in their positions.

However, MP Abdul Hamid Dashti said that the killing in Syria was by gangs and thugs.

“Our brothers in Syria are being killed by death squads and the National Council has been recognized only by Libya and Tunisia. Russia and China are not gullible to use the veto,” he said. “There is blatant misinformation about the situation in Syria and I refer you to the report by the [Arab League] team and what it said about the Islamist groups,” he said.

MP Salem Al Deqbasi said that 165 countries have condemned the Syrian regime and that Russia and China were looking after their interests.

However, MP Saleh Ashoor said that there was a multi-layer international game to draw up a new map of the Arab world “as per wishes of the US,” Al Aan reported.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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