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US Official, reflecting the latest attitude of the US government, calls for Regime Change in Syria "Diplomatically if Possible by Force is Necessary"



November 20, 2005

American Lebanese Coordination Council
Media Office
Phone: 727-641-9764
Fax: 727-577-0183

"The Time has come for change in Syria…The Assad Ba’ath is like the Saddam Ba’ath"

"United Nation Security Council Must Respect its Decisions and it Must Implement its Resolutions; Diplomatically if Possible by Force if Necessary."

Syracuse, New York- Speaking before students and faculty at the
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University on
Thursday November 17, 05, the Director of Public Diplomacy for Middle Eastern and MEPI Affairs at
USAID the Honorable Walid Maalouf reflected
the latest attitude of the US government towards Syria by publicly demanding regime change in Syria—an unprecedented demand by any US
official. Mr. Maalouf’s diplomatic, yet strong criticism of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s latest speech at the University of Damascus is indicative
of US frustration with Syria’s lack of cooperation with regard to UN Security Council Resolution 1559, calling for a complete withdrawal of Syrian
troops from Lebanon, closing terrorist groups offices in Damascus, securing its border with Iraq, and disarming terrorist militias (i.e. Hizbullah and
Palestinian camps.) Furthermore, the US seems to be fed up with Syria’s maneuvering regarding the UNSCR 1595 and 1636, which demand
unconditional Syrian cooperation with the UN investigation committee investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq
Hariri. On the other hand, Mr. Maalouf hammered Assad for his "disrespectful" and "threatening" remarks to the Lebanese people and Prime
Minister Fouad Seniora. He said: "It is particularly outrageous to have the Syrian regime threaten the current Lebanese Prime Minister when it is
accused in a United Nations report of possible involvement in the murder of a former Lebanese Prime Minister."  

Mr. Maalouf criticized Assad for failing to address internal reform desperately needed to the Syrian people instead of meddling in other countries
affairs noting: "Instead of speaking about social and political reform in Syria and new economic opportunities for the Syrian people, 15 out of 18
pages of his speech were about regional politics and his interference in other countries’ affairs…" Mr. Maalouf asserted: "Today Syria’s Ba’ath is
not a regional power and to our knowledge no one in Iraq, the Palestinian Territories, or Lebanon has appointed President Bashar Al-Assad as
their spokesman. The time has come for change in Syria
." Mr. Maalouf concluded: "There will be no stability in Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian
until Syria’s Ba’ath is restrained by the international community from attempting to destabilize the region through the use of tactics that
no one is buying anymore… The Assad Ba’ath is like the Saddam Ba’ath –enough is enough –freedom and democracy for the Syrian people from
the Ba’ath regime is a must."

In regards to USAID activities, Mr. Maalouf stated that In FY 2005, USAID has spent an estimated $3.7 billion in aid to the Middle East and North
Africa, including just over $1.5 billion in Afghanistan, $531 million in Egypt, and $40 million in Lebanon to further the aim of providing transparent,
sustainable, democratic, and humanitarian assistance to people of those regions.

Following a thorough historical analysis provided by American Lebanese Coordination Council (ALCC) Secretary General Pierre A. Maroun, and
Mr. Maalouf’s speech, the speakers further discussed the subject matter in a discussion panel. Replying to a question regarding Hizbullah’s arms,
Mr. Maroun asserted: "Hizbullah has done some resistance and some terrorism in the past. Today, Hizbullah
leadership stands on an intersection.
It’s up to
them to remain a resistance by submitting to UNSCR 1559, or to rebel against it and be a terrorist organization. The choice is theirs."

As for the recommendation to resolve the security dilemma in the region, Mr. Maroun demanded the UN
Security Council to respect its decisions
and to implement all of its resolutions; diplomatically if possible
, by force if necessary."     

The event,
Pivot Point Beirut: Syria, Lebanon, and the Current Security Dilemma, was gathered by the Student Association for Terrorism and
Security Analysis (SATSA) at 7:30pm within the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, NY.


Many thanks to Adam Roufberg, Editor, http://orbstandard.com

:: Article nr. 18047 sent on 21-nov-2005 04:22 ECT


Link: www.alcc-research.com/activities/SyracuseLecture.html

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