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25 juin 2017 7 25 /06 /juin /2017 05:23

Saudi-led demands not 'reasonable or actionable': Qatar

 
 
 

Qatar reviewing document issued by Saudi-led bloc of Arab countries and preparing 'an appropriate response'.

 
 
 
Arab states issue list of demands to end Qatar crisis

 

The four countries have not provided any evidence, and Qatar has repeatedly denied the allegations as baseless.

Earlier on Friday, reports emerged that the Saudi-led bloc had given Qatar a 10 days to comply with 13 demands, which included shutting down the Al Jazeera Media Network, closing a Turkish military base and scaling down ties with Iran.

In the document, the countries also demanded that Qatar sever all alleged ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and with other groups, including Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and ISIL (also known as ISIS).

The document also states that Qatar must consent to monthly compliance audits in the first year after agreeing to the demands, followed by quarterly audits in the second year, and annual audits in the following 10 years.

The list also includes a demand that Qatar pay reparations and compensation for loss of life and other financial losses allegedly caused by Qatar's policies in recent years.

The document did not specify what the countries will do if Qatar refuses to comply.

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Amir Handjani, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, told Al Jazeera that the demands are a "non-starter".

"This is a very aggressive position that the Saudi-coalition is taking. I think it's an opening gambit in a long, protracted negotiation," he said.

"The Saudis are signalling to the Qataris that they are willing to dig in. And I think the Qataris are not going to cave. So I expect tensions to rise."

Handjani said that the demands amounted to a request that Qatar gives up its sovereignty.

"I am sure as temperatures rise, other countries such as the United States, the UK, the French - who have longstanding ties with the GCC countries ... will step in and try and play a mediating role," he said.

The White House said on Friday that the rift between the countries is a "family issue" and the four Arab states "should work it out".

Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the US won't intervene unless it is "asked to join ... and facilitate" discussions between the countries involved

 

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/qatar-confirms-receipt-saudi-led-bloc-demands-170623214047175.html

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