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EU urges calm over US criticism of Syria
Jerusalem Post (AP) ^ | 4/14/03

Posted on 04/14/2003 2:24:45 PM PDT by truthandlife

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Monday urged the administration of US President George W. Bush to curb its criticism of Syria which Washington accuses of harboring weapons of mass destruction and leaders of Iraq's toppled regime.

"The region is going through a very difficult process," Solana said. "It would be better to make constructive statements to see if we can cool down the situation."

In a separate news conference Monday, German Foreign Minister Yoschka Fischer said it was important to "concentrate on winning the peace, and not on getting into a new confrontation."

Showing the still evident split within the EU over Iraq, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, on a trip to the Gulf region, agreed with Washington that Syria needed to cooperate more.

Straw stressed however, that Syria was not the next target for the US-British coalition.

Solana warned the EU should do more to tackle the spread of biological, nuclear and chemical weapons.

"We may be confronted in the next years with some serious cases of proliferation," Solana said.

"Almost every new piece of intelligence about weapons of mass destruction shows that the risks of proliferation are worse than we had thought."

The war has badly marred relations within the EU between a pro-war camp led by Britain, Spain and Italy, and opponents of the conflict headed by France and Germany.


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: eu; syria; us

1 posted on 04/14/2003 2:24:45 PM PDT by truthandlife
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To: truthandlife
It is constructive for the US to warn Syria. If they don't get the message, the US will get destructive.
2 posted on 04/14/2003 2:35:53 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: truthandlife
"...Solana on Monday urged the administration of US President George W. Bush to curb its criticism of Syria..." Syria has been, what I believe to be, a wolf in sheep's clothing for too long a time. I think it's about time to make them put up or shut up. Keep the ball rolling or we'll all have to put up with mindless terror and political mindgames for the next 20 years.
3 posted on 04/14/2003 2:38:12 PM PDT by maclogo (...love it when Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon and other liberal whiners self-destruct for us...)
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4 posted on 04/14/2003 2:38:24 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: truthandlife
Syria has exactly the same defenders that Saddam had, is run by exactly the same Baath Party, sponsors exactly the same terrorist groups, and has exactly the same WMD program. It should get exactly the same treatment.
5 posted on 04/14/2003 2:43:07 PM PDT by Argus
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To: truthandlife
Syria, France, Germany and Canada are forming an aliance. America, Britain, Australia, Poland, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, the beautiful Eastern European countries, Israel, and the rest of the coaltion fo the willing are forming an alliance. Guess who are the good guys and who are the bad guys?
6 posted on 04/14/2003 2:49:51 PM PDT by Sunsong
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To: maclogo
"...Solana on Monday urged the administration of US President George W. Bush to curb its criticism of Syria..."

Once and for all, these weak-kneed, yellowbellied socialists need to shut up or risk being "taken care of" permanently. he-he
7 posted on 04/14/2003 2:50:16 PM PDT by whadizit
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To: glorgau
Peace through strength! Might for Right!
8 posted on 04/14/2003 2:52:25 PM PDT by salmon76
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To: truthandlife
Straw stressed however, that Syria was not the next target for the US-British coalition.

That's right at present they are 4th on The List.
9 posted on 04/14/2003 3:10:24 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Saddam's Hiding In Tikrit)
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To: truthandlife
EU urges calm over US criticism of Syria Jerusalem Post

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Monday urged the administration of US President George W. Bush to curb its criticism of Syria which Washington accuses of harboring weapons of mass destruction and leaders of Iraq's toppled regime.

Solana warned the EU should do more to tackle the spread of biological, nuclear and chemical weapons.

Okey-doke, Javy-babe, how would you suggest we confront Syria without hurting their sensitive feelings? Perhaps follow the UN model and whisper in Assad's ear for twelve years? Is that what you're suggesting? Or perhaps you're suggesting that we let the EU handle it for us . . . just as you've been able to bring peace and posterity to the Balkans?

No offense, Javy-babe, but your track record sucks. And you can put your "urges" where the sun don't shine. Oh year, I forgot, you're European. You can put your "urges" where the sun only shines three or four times a week.

10 posted on 04/14/2003 3:19:10 PM PDT by geedee
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To: truthandlife
"The region is going through a very difficult process," Solana said. "It would be better to make constructive statements to see if we can cool down the situation."

I see, Syria is sooooo disadvantaged in this.

11 posted on 04/14/2003 3:32:21 PM PDT by JudgemAll
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To: truthandlife
Take them out!
12 posted on 04/14/2003 3:34:13 PM PDT by MonroeDNA (Communists & Socialists: They only survive through lies.)
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To: Flurry
That's right at present they are 4th on The List

However, everyone now knows our military plans are flexible

13 posted on 04/14/2003 3:37:47 PM PDT by paul51
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To: truthandlife
EU says:

"We are saddened by the success of the United States, because socialism can't compete with capitalism. We are saddened that individual freedom leads to greater wealth than us control freaks doing your thinking for you. We are saddened that we want to control the world, and you won't let us, no matter how much we insult you and shun you."

Stop, or we'll say, "stop" again!

14 posted on 04/14/2003 3:38:03 PM PDT by MonroeDNA (Communists & Socialists: They only survive through lies.)
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To: Argus
Syria = West Iraq.
15 posted on 04/14/2003 3:38:35 PM PDT by MonroeDNA (Communists & Socialists: They only survive through lies.)
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To: MonroeDNA
Take them out!

Syria or the EU?

16 posted on 04/14/2003 3:39:23 PM PDT by Monkey King
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To: Monkey King
Syria. The EU is doing a great job of imploding on their own.

Like all socialists do.
17 posted on 04/14/2003 3:40:53 PM PDT by MonroeDNA (Communists & Socialists: They only survive through lies.)
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To: maclogo
I think they've been a wolf in WOLF's clothing, sneering at the US for decades.

Time to slap them upside the head.

18 posted on 04/14/2003 4:21:37 PM PDT by peeve23
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To: Sunsong
Canada would not form an alliance with Syria.

Never.

Now I know we have an a$$hole for a prime minister right now but we are definitely very pro Israel up here and the last time I checked, Syria was has still "officially at war" with Israel. There is no way and I mean no way - no matter who was in power - that we would ally with Syria over Israel.

Please don't forget that.

hawk

19 posted on 04/14/2003 5:22:54 PM PDT by hawkaw
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To: truthandlife
Pfffffttttttt

That's me giving a massive rasberry to the UN and the EU over the subject of our defense.
20 posted on 04/14/2003 5:26:58 PM PDT by Monty22
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To: truthandlife
"The region is going through a very difficult process," Solana said. "It would be better to make constructive statements to see if we can cool down the situation."

Someone needs to slap that Socialist with an old shoe. We ARE doing something constructive.

21 posted on 04/14/2003 5:29:15 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: hawkaw
I hope you are right.

I would have thought that Canada would never have betrayed and insulted America but that has definitely happened.

22 posted on 04/14/2003 5:37:41 PM PDT by Sunsong
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To: truthandlife
Think of this. 4 ID on the northern Iraq border. IDF on the South. What a perfect pincer movement! No?
23 posted on 04/14/2003 6:00:41 PM PDT by jslade
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To: Argus
Amen. And who is intervening on its behalf? Why the usual suspects from the Axis Of Weasels. Its reassuring to know some things never change, such as Javier Solana carrying the EU's water for Chiraq and his ambition to cut America down to size.
24 posted on 04/14/2003 6:55:11 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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