- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 20, 2013

British Prime Minister sent a brief message to Syria’s military on Wednesday: Help oust President Bashar Assad and we’ll grant amnesty and give 100 percent forgiveness for crimes against the civilians.

Mr. Cameron’s call for coup was aimed at bringing a speedy end to more than two years of violence that has plagued the nation, leaving as many as 93,000 dead. He put the offer on the table after G-8 discussions failed to gain widespread consensus — most notably, from Russia — for international military intervention to end the civil war, The Times of Israel reported.

The Friends of Syria — comprised of foreign ministers of 11 Western and Arab nations — is due to hold a conference in Doha on Friday, and Mr. Cameron’s remarks are likely to take front and center of discussions, the Times reported.

The conference is aimed at deciding the best way to provide weapons to the Syrian rebel fighters, the Times said.

Some in the Arab world are cautioning against Mr. Cameron’s recommendation, however. The editorial in Al-Quds Al-Arabi states: “Cameron wants to eliminate the strength of jihadi groups and strengthen the moderate Syrian opposition government so that a dialogue can be held with the leaders of such a coup. … But what happens if such efforts fail? The only resort will be for Britain and its allies to invade.”

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