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Changing the Syrian regime by force to be "disastrous"

(Xinhua)

17:05, February 04, 2012

DAMASCUS, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- As the UN Security Council still seems divided over finding an appropriate approach to end the simmering tension in Syria, opponents and proponents in the unrest- torn country appear to be united over rejecting any form of changing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad by force, considering that it would be "disastrous."

Assad has recently warned that any foreign intervention in his country would lead to a "temblor in the region."

George Gabbour, a political analyst, believed that the Syrians reject the use of force to topple the regime in their country, because "the use of military power would be disastrous and it doesn't commensurate with the interests of a large segment of the Syrian people, especially that there are other segments, which support the president's reforms and don't want him overthrown."

Toppling the regime by force is "a violation to the United Nations' charter and the principles of international law," he told Xinhua by phone.

On the opposition side, Hasan Abdul-Azim, head of the opposing National Coordination Body, voiced rejection to the concept of using force to change the Assad regime, pointing that "such intervention would pose dangerous repercussions on the Syrian and regional arena as well."

During a phone call with Xinhua, Azim criticized the regime's approach in handling the crisis, saying "no regime can resist the ambitions and aspirations of its people, especially as the region is witnessing major changes ... and the Syrian regime can't be an exception in this context."

He expressed optimism that change "will occur in Syria, not by military force but through peaceful demonstrations, sit-ins and civil disobedience."

Political activist Izz al-Din Abboud told Xinhua that "the change in Syria is inevitable but not through military force as in Libya because that would only complicate the situation even more."

Abboud, who is from the Druze minority, expressed astonishment over the Syrian minorities' fears of regime change, accusing the regime of "implanting such fears among the minorities" to preserve their support.

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