Lieutenant General Gaye: Change from Confrontation and Armed Fighting to Dialogue Underlined

Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, Head of Mission of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) called on all sides -of the crisis in Syria- to practice self-control, cease violence, respect human and international law and to protect civilians.In a press conference at Dama Rose Hotel here Monday, Gaye underscored the need for a change from confrontation and armed fighting to dialogue at the local level first and soon at the national level as stipulated by the UN envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan’s six-point plan.

Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye underlined the need that all sides are to be committed to ending violence and political dialogue.

Gaye pointed out that his first meeting today with representatives from the Syrian Government is an opportunity to discuss the activities of UNSMIS for the coming 20 days, which would focus at the implementation of its tasks as stipulated by the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2059 and at working for confidence-building measures and political dialogue.

Gaye highlighted the importance of security, possibility of access and free reach and movement for UNSMIS observers as to implement their tasks.

In reply to a question about his yesterday’s visit to Homs Governorate, Gaye pointed out that the visit came as to evaluate the level of violence and the use of heavy weapons and get commitments and willingness by all sides to hold dialogue.

In reply to another question, Lieutenant General Gaye said that none of the sides opposed the halting of violence and agreement and that he believes in deeds and would work on this.

Gaye, in a statement distributed to journalists, voiced deep concern about the increase of violence level in Aleppo.

Syrian competent authorities are fighting scores of foreign-backed armed terrorist groups in the northern city of Aleppo, where civilians have appealed to the authorities to rid them from the terrorists, many of them are non-Syrian nationals.

Foreign Ministry to UNSC Head and UN Secretary General: Terrorists Backed by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey Committed Horrifying Crimes Against Civilians

In two identical letters addressed to the head of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General, the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that during the past few days, armed terrorist groups carried out attacks against innocent civilians and public and private property in Syria, particularly in Damascus and Aleppo.

The Ministry said that these armed terrorist group – which are backed openly with funds and weapons by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey – committed horrifying crimes against innocent civilians in Damascus and Aleppo and are still doing so in Aleppo, where a large number of these terrorist mercenaries gathered as their entry into Syria was facilitated by Turkey, and they occupied several crowded neighborhoods and used locals as human shields, killing everyone that doesn’t support their crimes and forcing others to leave their homes at gunpoint.

The letters pointed out that what calls attention is that all this took place after the recent visit of UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan in July 8th 2012, during which an agreement was reached regarding a number of steps to restore security and stability and Syria through the six-point plan and the results of the Geneva meeting.

The Ministry said that it’s regrettable that those who claim to care for Syria and for ending the bloodshed of its people never made any calls for terrorist groups to end their armed operations and join the political process requested by the UN and approved by Syria to end bloodshed.

The letters noted that all the attempts made by the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) in cooperation with the Syrian government to launch a political process failed due to the terrorists’ refusal to engage in any political process, adding that this shouldn’t surprise anyone because the terrorists’ representatives refused engaging in such a process and issued dozens of statements rejecting the six-point plan, the results of the Geneva meeting, and what was agreed upon during Annan’s visit to Damascus.

The Ministry said that hypocritical voices are growing louder in the capitals conspiring against Syria – particularly in Ankara, Doha, Riyadh, Washington, Paris, London and Berlin – and that they’re accusing the Syrian government of escalating the situation rather than accusing the terrorists who attacked Damascus, Aleppo and other cities in a desperate attempt to provide a political cover for the actions of these groups – which include terrorists from Arab and foreign countries – and to provide material and moral support for them and cover up their crimes.

The letters went on to elaborate that these capitals’ support for the terrorist groups includes the calls made by these countries’ officials to hold other meetings of the UNSC and General Assembly to discuss Syria, despite the fact that the Syrian government and law-enforcement forces are exercising their right to defend innocent civilians as per international law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, and the international agreement signed by the Syrian government and the UNSMIS in 19/4/2012, specifically item 16 of said agreement.

The Ministry said that the most surprising thing is that some international sides – specifically permanent and non-permanent members of the UNSC – decided to work outside the UNSC and its procedures, which means that they relinquished their responsibilities and that they aim to escalate the Syrian crisis to reach their well-known goals of altering Syria’s principle positions, imposing political conditions on it that contradict its people’s aspirations, and destroying the Syrian state.

The letters said that out of concern over the moral role of the UNSC and in compliance with the UN Charter, Syria calls on all UNSC members to demand that armed groups withdraw from the Syrian cities they attacked and cease their terrorism, and to demand that the countries supporting the terrorists cease their blatant tactics and support Annan’s six-point plan and the agreement reached during Annan’s meeting with the Syrian leadership in Damascus.

The Ministry concluded by saying that the Syrian government reiterates its commitment to carrying out Annan’s plan and initiative and that that it welcomes the results of the Geneva meeting out of its declared belief that there is no solution for the Syrian crisis except through having the Syrian people’s representatives engage in national dialogue to find a way out that ends bloodshed, protects Syrians’ dignity, and guarantees the building of Syria’s future and its stability through a Syrian decision and under a Syrian leadership.

Infiltration Attempts from Lebanon, Jordan Foiled… Authorities Hunt Terrorists in Aleppo, Homs, Deir Ezzor and Idleb

The border guards on Monday foiled an armed terrorist group’s attempt to infiltrate from Jordan to Syria at the area of Tal Shihab in Daraa Countryside.

An official source in the province said that authorities clashed with the group, killed or injured scores of them, adding that the others fled back to the Jordanian territories.

In Talkalakh area in Homs countryside, authorities foiled several infiltration attempts made by armed terrorist groups to cross from Lebanon to Syria in different border areas.

Huge losses were inflicted upon the terrorists and the survived gunmen fled back to Lebanon.

Authorities Hunt Terrorists In Aleppo Causing them Heavy Losses

Authorities clashed with an armed terrorist group who were riding four SUV cars equipped with machine guns in Dara Ezza and Qabtan al-Jabal axis in Aleppo countryside.

An official source told SANA reporter that the authorities destroyed the four cars, killing the terrorists.

Tunnels Discoverd in Qarabees, Homs, Stability Restored

Meantime, the army forces cleared al-Qarabees neighborhood from the remnants of the mercenary terrorists and dismantled the system of their terrorism, restoring peace and stability to it.

An official source in the Province told SANA reporter that many tunnels were discovered in the neighborhood after clearing it , pointing out that the terrorists were using them to transfer weapons, ammunition and for movement to practice acts of killing and sabotage against citizens and law-enforcement members.

The source added that one of the tunnels links al-Ghouta neighborhood with al-Qarabeesm while another tunnel links Jurat al-Shayyah to the neighborhood, adding that the other tunnels were linking building blocks together where a weapon store was found containing different sorts of weapons, explosive devices and explosives.

The authorities arrested a number of terrorists, some of them were from Arab and foreign nationalities, and confiscated a big amount of weapons according to the source.

Explosive Device Blows up, Another Discovered in Hasaka

SANA reporter in Hasaka said that the authorities arrested a terrorist who was planting an explosive device near to al-Shadaydi bridge in the province, adding that another explosive device blew up while terrorists were preparing it in Saada village, killing and injuring a big number of them.

In Deir-Ezzour, authorities clashed with an armed terrorist groups, killing and injuring many, as they also destroyed two pickups supplied with PKC machine gun.

The engineering units in Idleb dismantled two explosive devices which were planted by an armed terrorist group on al-Amoudia –al-Ghafar road in al-Rouj plain in Idleb to target citizens and law-enforcement members.

Infiltration Attempts from Lebanon, Jordan Foiled

The border guards on Monday foiled an armed terrorist group’s attempt to infiltrate from Jordan to Syria at the area of Tal Shihab in Daraa Countryside.

An official source in the province said that authorities clashed with the group and killed and injured scores of them, adding that the others fled back to the Jordanian territories.

In Talkalakh area in Homs Countryside, authorities foiled several infiltration attempts made by armed terrorist groups to cross from Lebanon to Syria in different border areas.

Huge losses were inflicted upon the terrorists and the survived gunmen fled back to Lebanon.

Iranian Official: The 3rd US and Zionist Defeat in front of Resistance Is Imminent in Syria

Assistant Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, said that the third defeat of the US and Zionism in front of the resistance is imminent in Syria, adding that “We will witness how Syria will overcome the crisis and foil the conspiracy hatched against it.”

In a statement to al-Alam News TV channel, Jazayeri said that what is taking place in Syria is linked to the conspiracies against Lebanon and Gaza in 2006 and 2008 which aimed at achieving the US and Zionist goals to spread chaos and dominate the whole region.

He added that the Syrian people, government and army are controlling the situation despite the huge financial, security, media and arms support provided to gunmen who have connections with the US, THE Zionism and some countries in the Middle East, adding that the development of events since the beginning of the crisis in Syria 18 months ago was contrary to their desire.

Jazayeri warned against the serious consequences of any intervention in Syria on the whole region.

On accusing Iran of sending forces to help the Syrian government, he said that countries whose nationals commit terrorist acts in Syria and were arrested in relation to such charges have no right to accuse Iran.

He added that his country’s support to Syria is determined by recent developments, adding that Iran feels great responsibility to defend its friends and resistance in the region.

Minister Haidar Stresses Exerting More Efforts to Speed up National Reconciliation

Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs, Ali Haidar, said that the Ministry started its field work and communications with all Syrians to solve main issues including the launch of comprehensive dialogue.

Meeting the Chinese Ambassador in Damascus Zhang Xun, the two sides discussed means of cooperation to speed up the national reconciliation.

In a statement to the journalists, Minister Haidar hailed China’s support to Syria in the crisis as it adopted a clear and firm political stance that rejects foreign interference in Syria and stresses the need for halting violence and moving to dialogue among all parties.

He indicated to China’s readiness to provide international diplomatic and political support to Syria through encouraging dialogue and activating national reconciliation to stop countries which supply those who instigate violence with arms and money.

Haidar said that the Chinese side will communicate with all parties in Syria as to convince them that there is no alternative to dialogue and political solution to help Syria come out of the crisis.

Medvedev: Annan Plan Still Vital, Dialogue Is Only Way to Resolve Crisis in Syria

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stressed that the plan of the UN envoy to Syria Kofi Annan is still vital and has not exhausted its possibilities as it is a political and peaceful plan.

“I think the plan is not over, and we should cooperate and continue consultations in this issue,” Medvedev said in an interview with British ” The Times” newspaper published on Monday.

He added that despite the apparent differences in the positions of Russia, Britain and the United States in this regard, but these differences are not as strong as being talked about.

“The differences are limited in that Russia considers the negotiations as the only way to resolve the crisis in Syria while Westerners want to take more drastic measures,” The Russian Official said.

He added: ” All external actors agree that a full-scale civil war in Syria would be the worst-case scenario,”

Medvedev went on to say ” But the question is where is the line between resolutions and a military operation? We saw that with the resolution on Libya, it basically led to international intervention. This is a bad way that Both US President Barak Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron assured me this is not what they want,”

He stressed that the Libyan scenario led Russia to adjust its approach towards Syria.

” When the resolution on Libya was adopted, we thought all parts would hold necessary consultations and talks and at the same time we would send a serious signal to the Libyan leader in that period. But unfortunately it ended up the way it did. They kept telling us there would be no military operation, no intervention, but eventually they started a full-blown war that claimed many lives,” Medvedev clarified.

He said that democracy can’t be imposed from outside but it must grow from inside and in this case it depends on a wide popular support.

Medvedev indicated to the talks he held in London with Cameron and leaders of Lebanon and Turkey which dealt with the situation in Syria.

“I spoke with President al-Assad more than a year ago about reforms and the necessity of carrying them out as soon as possible and, most importantly, building a relationship with the opposition, ”
The Russian PM said that both sides are to shoulder the responsibility of what is happening in Syria.

” Both sides should come to the negotiating table and find a solution to this very difficult problem, ” Medvedev said, stressing that the Syrian people are the ones who should decide the political future of their country.