NEW YORK - cia officers are helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters will receive automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and antitank weapons being funneled across the Turkish border, according to The New York Times.The small number of officers has been operating secretly in southern Turkey for several weeks, the newspaper reported. Intermediaries, including the Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood, are moving the weapons, paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, across the Turkish border into Syria, it said.The Obama administration also is considering helping the opposition setup their own intelligence service and providing satellite imagery and other intelligence of Syrian troops locations and movements, the paper said. The New York Times report comes two days after the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the government was trying to evacuate civilians from the western city of Homs.“Contacts have been made with the leadership of the international monitors, in cooperation with the local Syrian authorities in the city of Homs, to bring out these Syrian citizens,” said the statement issued on June 19. “But the efforts of the monitors were unsuccessful… because the armed terrorist groups obstructed their efforts.”Meanwhile, the Syrian ambassador to the UN, Bashar Ja’afari, told reporters in New York Wednesday that armed groups in Syria were violating the peace plan brokered by the UN-Arab League envoy, Kofi Annan, and that the “only way to push forward is to guarantee the success of the six-point plan.”In addition, the head of the UN observer mission in Syria, Major General Robert Mood, said in a briefing to the UN Security Council on June 19 that the UN monitors were “morally obliged” to stay in Syria despite a recent decision to suspend the activities of the team.On June 16, Mood said the UN monitoring team was “suspending its activities” in Syria due to an “intensification of armed violence.” Over the past weeks, the anti-Syria Western governments have been calling for the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.However, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on June 20, “No one is entitled to decide for other nations who should be in power and who should not.”“A change of power, if it occurs - and it could only occur by constitutional means - should result in peace and stop the bloodshed,” the Russian president said. He made the remarks in a press conference in Los Cabos, Mexico, after the G20 summit.