SYRIA 360°



October 2013


UN spokesperson: OPCW mission to Syria coordinator will hold consultations in Moscow

United Nations, (SANA) – The UN Secretary General Spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, said on Wednesday that the coordinator of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mission to Syria, Sigrid Kaag, will hold consultations in Moscow with Russian officials next Friday.

Russia Today website quoted Nesirky as saying that Kaag will meet tomorrow with the OPCW Secretary General, Ahmet Uzumcu, and other senior officials in the Hague and after that she will head to Moscow to meet with Russian officials.

Nesirky added that Kaag will return next week to New York to submit a report on the process of dismantling the chemical weapons in Syria to the UN Security Council.

Earlier, the UN Secretary-General said that Syria had met the deadline set on November 1st for dismantling its chemical weapons capabilities.

Lavrov: Geneva accords on Syria’s chemical weapons effectively implemented

Moscow, (SANA)-The Geneva accords on Syria’s chemical weapons are being effectively implemented despite attempts to disrupt them, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday after talks with his Greek counterpart Evangelos Venizelos.

The rejection of some powers to participate in Geneva 2 is connected to Washington cancelling plans of a military strike against Syria, RT website quoted Lavrov as saying.

Lavrov urged all who can influence the situation “to prevent the collapse of the crucial process of eliminating a whole arsenal of weapons of mass destruction”.

Lavrov referred to mounting objections to the conference “not only from various Syrian factions but also from the capitals of some neighboring and not only neighboring states,” Lavrov said.

Lavrov pointed out that the announcement of Geneva 2 prospects will be during deliberations due to take place in Geneva next week, with the participation of the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.

Greek President congratulates Russia on succeeding in preventing US aggression on Syria

Greek President Karolos Papoulias said that Russia succeeded in preventing the US aggression on Syria, extending wishes of success for Russia’s international policy.

The Russian Foreign Ministry quoted Papoulias as saying during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday as saying that as a former foreign minister himself, the Greek President wanted to congratulate Russia for its success in preventing the directing of a military strike against Syria.

Papoulias wished success for Russia’s foreign policy, affirming that Greek-Russian relations are expanding in economic, cultural and political fields.

In turn, Lavrov noted that there’s no single country in the world that can solve a major problem on its own in today’s world, which is why everyone should cooperate and work as a group.

Margelov: Latest amnesty essentially contributes to settling political situation in Syria

Mikhail Margelov, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of Russia stressed that the general amnesty issued by President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday contributes to essentially settling the situation in Syria.

“If the amnesty is general, it will contribute greatly to the program launched by President al-Assad on a peaceful settlement for the situation in Syria early this year,” Margelov told journalists on Wednesday.

He pointed out that the general amnesty and guaranteeing the safety of the opponents of the Syrian authority are actually executive measures of this program.

Margelov noted that President al-Assad considered that halting ‘internal armed conflict’ comes as a result of mainly stopping the financial support to the terrorists by the West and Gulf monarchies.

The Russian official underlined the importance of the armed terrorist groups having refrained from participating in Geneva 2 Conference on Syria.

Ecuador President: Russian initiative on chemical weapons in Syria helped avoid foreign intervention

Moscow, (SANA)- Ecuador President, Rafael Correa, reiterated his country’s rejection of any foreign intervention in Syria’s internal affairs, stressing that the Russian initiative on chemical weapon in Syria has spared Syria foreign intervention.

In an interview with Russia Today Channel, Correa said “Russian and Ecuador reject foreign intervention in Syria,” asserting that dismantling the chemical weapons in Syria was “a right decision.. and a very important victory for Syria and the whole world.”


1800 citizens, including women and children, rescued from al-Moa

Social Affairs Ministry, in cooperation with Damascus Governorate and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, on Tuesday rescued 1800 citizens, including children and women, who had been held by the armed terrorist groups in al-Moadamiyeh in Damascus Countryside and moved them out of the town.

SANA reporter said all of the children and women were taken in fully-equipped makeshift residential centers.

In a statement to reporters, Minister of Social Affairs Dr. Kinda al-Shamat stressed that this step is the last stage of a process meant to evacuate the citizens of the city to the temporary residence centers and provide them with basic needs to end their suffering and agony due to the acts of the armed terrorist groups. Damascus Countryside Governor, Hussein Makhlouf, and chairperson of St. Jacob Monastery, Fadia al-Laham, took part in the initiative, the reporter added.

For her part, Head of Mar Jacob Monastery, Mother Fadia al-Laham pointed out to the common efforts exerted by a number of government and civil bodies in coordination with Syrian Arab Red Crescent Organization to facilitate the exit of the civilians from al-Moadamiyeh city upon their request

A similar initiative was carried out earlier this month in which around 5 thousand children and women were moved out from the same town into makeshift centers and provided all requirements of decent living and proper health care.



الرئيس الأسد وتحديات مثلث الموت

يطلق خبراء ومحللون سياسيون تسمية “مثلث الموت” على “الترويكا” التي كانت ولاتزال مهتمة بقلب نظام الحكم في سورية، والتي يدخل في قوامها كل من المملكة السعودية وقطر وتركيا، ويعمل هذا “المثلث” على الأراضي السورية بتنسيق وثيق جدا في أنشطته مع وكالة الاستخبارات المركزية

بقلم: سامي إبراهيم

تصدع “مثلث الموت”

وإن كانت قطر قد لعبت الدور الرئيسي في بداية “الدراما” السورية عبر رئيس وزرائها حمد بن جاسم آل ثاني، إلا أن المملكة السعودية التي لها باع طويل في حبك وتمويل المؤامرات المختلفة استلمت عصا القيادة مؤخرا وكلفت رئيس استخباراتها بندر بن سلطان بالإشراف على هذا الملف الساخن، كونه كما يقال “الأجنبي الأكثر تأثيرا في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية”.

ولكن هذا “المثلث” الذي كان يبدو في بادئ الأمر متماسكا وغير قابل “للتصدع”، لم يحتسب اللاعبون فيه لتأثير الرياض على واشنطن، والذي تفضله الأخيرة على دور “القزم” الغازي، وعلى الموقع الإقليمي لتركيا، التي يجب أن يكون دورها الكبير في القوقاز وآسيا الوسطى، وليس في الشرق الأوسط، لذلك إن صيف هذا العام دل بوضوح ليس على تصدع هذه “الترويكا” وانقسام الرعاة الخارجيين للحرب السورية إلى معسكرين فقط، وإنما على انتصار الموقف السوري الذي كان يؤكد منذ بداية النزاع على الحوار والحل السياسي أيضا.

وكان الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد قال إن كل اجتماع عربي على أي مستوى كان، مليئ بالألغام التي توضع من قبل الدول الأجنبية، ويكلف بوضع هذه الألغام بعض الدول العربية ذات الخبرة التقليدية في هذا الموضوع، “وعلينا أن نفكك هذه الألغام لكي نخرج بأقل الخسائر”.

الدور السعودي في الإرهاب الدولي

وتدل هذه الكلمات على حقيقة العلاقات العربية العربية في معظمها وليس بشكلها المطلق، إذ يؤكد الرئيس السوري أن السعودية هي “دولة تنفذ سياسات الولايات المتحدة بكل أمانة”، وفعلا تقوم هذه المملكة بلعب دور عراب المشاريع الأمريكية في المنطقة، كما تعمل في سورية بشكل علني على دعم المجموعات الإرهابية وإمدادها بالمال وبالسلاح ودعمها سياسيا وإعلاميا، “إنهم (السعوديون) منفذون أمينون للسياسة الأمريكية بكل بساطة” ليس في الشرق الأوسط فحسب بل وفي العالم أيضا

إذ من المعروف أن بندر بن سلطان هو من قام بتمويل مجموعات الكونترا في نيكاراغوا والطالبان في أفغانستان والإنفصاليين في البوسنة والمسلحين الشيشان في روسيا والآن الإرهابيين في سورية، وهو من يشتبه بضلوعه في الهجوم الإرهابي في دمشق والذي راح ضحية أربعة من الضباط السوريين القادة الكبار، وهو من كان وراء العملية الاستفزازية باستخدام غاز السارين ضد السكان المسالمين في سورية.

ويقول مراقبون إن السعودية كدولة إقليمية كبيرة لها دورها المحوري في المنطقة، إلا أن الرئيس الأسد يرى أن هذه القوة المحورية يجب أن تكون في “البناء وليس في التخريب ويجب أن تكون محورية في خلق الاستقرار وليس في نشر الإرهاب والتطرف والتدخل في شؤون الدول الداخلية”

ومن جانبها كانت قطر أيضا تعتقد أنها قادرة على إعادة صياغة الدول العربية بالشكل الذي يناسبها، ولو فلحت لكان يعني ذلك أن قطر هي من كان سيصبح الوكيل الحصري للسياسات الأمريكية في المنطقة بدلا من دول كبرى أخرى، فهذا الشعور بالعظمة وبالقدرات الكبيرة اللامحدودة جعل المسؤولين القطريين يفكرون أن “حسم الموضوع في سورية سيكون هو الجائزة الأكبر التي تقدم للولايات المتحدة وللغرب لكي يرضى عن قطر ويعتمدها كوكيل له”.

الرسائل السعودية لقطر وتركيا

ولكن السعودية التي لم تكتف بالشكوى للولايات المتحدة على قطر، قامت بإرسال إشارات لقطر بطرق مختلفة، منها الحادثة الدموية الغامضة في الصومال، حين هاجم انتحاري في الخامس من أيار الماضي موكب الوفد القطري الزائر للعاصمة مقديشو، وكان وزير الداخلية القطري من ضمن الوفد، وقالت مصادر إعلامية في وقت لاحق إن الهجوم أسفر عن مقتل رئيس المخابرات القطرية ناصر أحمد بن قاسم آل ثاني، كما أفادت هذه المصادر أيضا أنه في تشرين الثاني من العام 2012 اجتمع رئيس وزراء قطر السابق حمد بن جبر آل ثاني ورئيس مخابراته مع رئيس “الموساد” تامير باردو بمعية رئيس الوزراء الاسرائيلي بنيامين نتنياهو وناقش الجانبان في هذا الاجتماع خطة لاغتيال الرئيس بشار الأسد، ولكن نتنياهو ربط مشاركة بلاده بشرط اعتراف دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي بإسرائيل، فمن الواضح أن قطر كانت تحلم بالاستيلاء على دمشق وكانت على استعداد للتعاون مع الشيطان لتحقيق هذه الأحلام.

وبدورها كادت تركيا في بداية النزاع السوري أن تكشف علنا عن تطلعاتها بإعادة إحياء الإمبراطورية العثمانية الجديدة بقيادة أنقرة، إلا أنها تلقت بالنتيجة “نقرة على أنفها” من السعودية، التي قامت من أجل التخفيف من العناد المفرط “لدى الحليف”، وذلك بإثارة معارضة قوية ضد رئيس الوزراء رجب طيب أردوغان في حزيران الماضي في اسطنبول وغيرها من المدن الرئيسية في تركيا.

أضف أن انفجارا غامضا آخرا حدث في البلدة التركية الريحانية في 11 أيار الماضي حيث قتل 51 شخصا، إلا أن وسائل الإعلام التركية تجاهلت هذا الحادث إلى حد كبير، واتهم رئيس الوزراء التركي اردوغان الحكومة السورية في التفجير، ولكن “جماعة” موقع ريدهاك الإلكترونية أكدت أن الاستخبارات التركية كانت على علم مسبق بأن مجموعة جهادية سورية وهي “جبهة النصرة” قامت بإعداد تفجير ثلاث سيارات مفخخة في داخل تركيا.

المنظمات الإرهابية “عصا” بيد السعودية

وكما هو واضح أيضا أنه لايوجد في الصومال سوى مجموعة واحدة فقط يمكنها أن تقوم بهجوم كبير ومحترف باستخدام سيارتين مفخختين ضد الوفد القطري وهي مجموعة “الشباب” المرتبطة بتنظيم “القاعدة”، وعلى خلفية هذه الأحداث التي امتدت إلى القارة الإفريقية يظهر التنافس علنا بين المحورين التركي القطري والسعودي.

وفي نهاية المطاف، قدم السعوديون في شهر آب من هذا العام ومن خلال الأمير بندر إلى الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية مخططهم فيما يتعلق بالمعارضة السورية، وبتخلصهم من جناحها الأكثر تطرفا للمساعدة في كبح جماح الجماعات الإسلامية الراديكالية، وكان الجزء الآخر من هذه العملية هو قرار نقل الأسلحة إلى المسلحين في سورية من خلال سليم إدريس، رئيس المجلس العسكري الأعلى للإئتلاف الوطني السوري، وهكذا نرى أن السعوديين أخذوا على عاتقهم مسؤولية الإشراف على “الإخوان المسلمين” بكل ألوانهم من جهة، ومن جهة أخرى أخذوا يرسلون “الإشارات” إلى قطر وتركيا بواسطة قنابل “القاعدة” و”جبهة النصرة” والتنظيمات الإسلامية المتطرفة الأخرى.

وجهة نظر موقع “صوت روسيا” قد لا تتوافق مع رأي صاحب المقال


Editorial Comment:

Although Syria has complied fully with the OPCW in surrendering all of its chemical weapons, there has been no similar UN initiative to confiscate those used by the “FSA” even though studies have proven all CW attacks were carried out by these mercenaries, not the Syrian army.  – A.V.

A United Nations (UN) arms expert collects samples on August 29, 2013, as they inspect the site where rockets had fallen in Damascus' eastern Ghouta suburb during an investigation into a suspected chemical weapons strike near the capital (AFP Photo)

A United Nations (UN) arms expert collects samples on August 29, 2013, as they inspect the site where rockets had fallen in Damascus’ eastern Ghouta suburb during an investigation into a suspected chemical weapons strike near the capital (AFP Photo)

The rebels used chemical weapons in north-eastern Syria near the border with Turkey on Tuesday, a Lebanese TV channel Al-Mayadeen reported.

The toxic shell exploded near a Kurdish defense forces’ checkpoint close to the border with Turkey in the city of Ras al-Ayn al-Hasakah.

The attack was reported by Kurdish defense forces who are conducting military operations against the rebels in the region.

They are quoted as saying they saw toxic yellow smoke that followed the shell explosion, while some of them had symptoms of severe chemical intoxication accompanied by nausea.

The reported chemical attack comes amid the second day of fierce fighting in the town.

The Kurdish forces have successfully repelled several attacks by armed groups of extremists of the Nusra Front ( Jabhat al-Nusra), and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, killing 28 militants.

This comes as the joint mission of UN international experts and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is in Syria inspecting the sites of the toxic attacks and destroying chemical weaponry.

The joint mission was launched after the US and its allies threatened to apply military action on Syria following the August 21 attack in Damascus’ eastern Ghouta suburb, which killed between dozens and 1,300 people, according to varying reports.

Syria officially became an OPCW member at the beginning of October, in an attempt to resolve the chemical weapons issue in the war-torn country.

Damascus also began destroying the first chemical weapons at that time, which, according to the deal brokered by the US and Russia in September, must be fully eliminated by June 30, 2014.

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube by Moadamiyet al-Sham media centre on August 26, 2013 allegedly shows a United Nations (UN) arms expert measuring and photographing a canister in Damascus' Moadamiyet al-Sham suburb as they investigate an alleged chemical weapons strike in the capital (AFP Photo)

Syrian authorities have declared 23 chemical weapons sites. The joint mission have verified 21 sites, the organization said in a report acquired by AP on Monday.

“The two remaining sites have not been visited due to security reasons,” the report added, suggesting that are in rebel-held areas.

Syria has also declared 41 facilities –  18 chemical weapons production facilities, 12 chemical weapons storage facilities, eight mobile units to fill chemical weapons, and three chemical weapons-related facilities –  at the chemical sites where it stored approximately 1,300 tons of precursors and agents, and over 1,200 unfilled munitions to deliver them.

“In addition, the Syrian authorities have reported finding two cylinders not belonging to them, which are believed to contain chemical weapons,” said Ahmet Uzumcu, chief of the global chemical weapons watchdog, in the OPCW report.

As part of his regional trip, UN –Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has traveled to Damascus in an attempt to gain support for the Geneva-2 peace conference. The talks, aimed at ending the Syrian conflict, were jointly proposed by the US and Russia.

Nineteen Syrian rebel groups announced on Sunday that they would not take part in the peace talks, which are scheduled for the end of November.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called threats to undermine the talks “outrageous.”

The main opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, recently reiterated its demand for President Bashar Assad to step down as a precondition for the peace conference.

Lavrov has also called on those who have influence on the Syrian opposition to persuade them to attend so that all sides of the conflict can take part in the Geneva-2 conference.


Militants massacre 30 civilians in northwest Syria

Foreign-backed militants in Syria have killed at least 30 civilians in the northwestern province of Idlib, reports say.

Al-Qaeda-linked militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fired a series of mortar shells on Kafteen village, leaving 30 people dead and several others injured.

In a separate incident, the extremists fired mortar shells on a town in the province.

The attack primarily targeted a police station and led to the injury of a number of civilians.

Locals said they saw some people vomiting after the shelling, which could be a sign of a chemical attack.

A recent British defense study shows that about 100,000 foreign-backed militants, fragmented into 1,000 groups, are fighting in Syria against the government and people.

The extracts of the study by defense consultancy IHS Jane’s were published on September 16 in The Daily Telegraph.

IHS Jane’s estimates that some 10,000 militants are fighting for groups affiliated with al-Qaeda such as al-Nusra Front and the rest fight for different militant groups.

The analysis also said that a large number of extremists from foreign countries are also active in Syria.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced due to the violence.



Muallem insists that only Syrian people can choose their future, rejecting demands that Assad step down.
Middle East Online

No preconditions!

DAMASCUS – Foreign Minister Walid Muallem insisted on Tuesday that only the Syrian people can choose their future, rejecting Western and Arab demands that President Bashar al-Assad step down.

Muallem made the remarks to UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who is visiting Damascus to muster support for launching peace talks in Geneva, the official news agency SANA reported.

“Syria will attend Geneva II based on the exclusive right of the Syrian people to choose their political future, to choose their leaders and to reject all forms of external intervention,” Muallem said.

“The dialogue will take place between Syrians,” he added, rejecting regional and international interference in any dialogue.

He also said that all statements about the future of the country, particularly “the one from London,” were “infringements on the rights of the Syrian people” and “preconditions to the dialogue before it has even started.”

That was a reference to the October 22 meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria group of countries, key backers of the Syrian opposition.

At the meeting, Western and Arab powers agreed with Syrian opposition heads that Assad had no future role to play in the country.

Brahimi himself insisted that the Geneva talks would be “between the Syrian parties” and that only Syrians would decide their future, SANA reported.

He added that there was an agreement on “the importance of ending the violence, terrorism and respecting Syrian sovereignty,” according to SANA.

As Brahimi presses his tour to drum up backing for the talks in Geneva, its prospects remain in doubt, with Syria’s increasingly fractured rebels having yet to say whether they will attend.

The main opposition National Coalition has said it will refuse to attend talks unless Assad’s resignation is on the table — a demand rejected by Damascus.

Assad himself has cast doubt on the possibility of talks, and has said he will not negotiate with any group tied to the rebels fighting his forces or to foreign states.

In an interview with French website Jeune Afrique published on Monday, Brahimi acknowledged that “the entire world will not be present” at the talks, but said the alternative to a political settlement could be a failed state in the heart of the Middle East.

“The real danger is a sort of ‘Somalisation,’ but even more deep and lasting than what we have seen in Somalia.”

With prospects dimming of Geneva II taking place next month as hoped, it was reported Tuesday that Assad sacked his vice premier, Qadri Jamil, for being absent without leave and carrying out unauthorised meetings abroad.

The move follows media reports that Jamil had met with the US pointman for Syria Robert Ford in Geneva on Saturday to discuss the proposed peace talks.

The official SANA news agency said the official was sacked after an “absence without authorisation from his post” as well as “activities and meetings outside the country without authorisation from the government.”

More than 115,000 people are estimated to have been killed in Syria’s 31-month conflict, which erupted after the regime launched a brutal crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protests.

In the latest measure of Syria’s disintegration, the World Health Organisation confirmed a cluster of polio cases in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor, all of them children under the age of two.

Before the outbreak of the civil war around 95 percent of all Syrian children were vaccinated, but since then some 500,000 children have gone without, according to the United Nations.

On the battlefield, Kurdish fighters advanced across the northeast after seizing an Iraq border post from jihadists over the weekend, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group.

It said the Kurds had seized two villages in Hasakeh province and surrounded a rebel brigade that is part of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, forcing it to surrender a tank, rocket launchers and vehicle-mounted canons and heavy machine guns.

As the conflict has grown increasingly muddled, the Kurds have fought both the army and other rebel groups in a bid to carve out an autonomous zone modeled on the Kurdish region of Iraq.

Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have sought control over the border to facilitate the flow of fighters and arms, as it launched attacks in both Iraq and Syria.




Hezbollah Secretary-General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said “the acceptable and available solution” to the crisis in Syria is political though dialogue without preconditions.

In a speech he delivered during a festival on the occasion of the 25 anniversary of the establishment of al-Rasoul al-Aazam Hospital in Beirut, Nasrallah called on all ”the populations that have been affected by the crisis in Syria to push for a political solution there.”

”Everyone whose heart is beating for the Syrian people and is anguished by their wounds should point an accusing finger to those who are obstructing political solution,” he said.

Hezbollah Secretary-General saw that those who are obstructing political solution are ”exposed and well-known”, indicating that Saudi Arabia is infuriated by what is going on in the region, which is no secret” that it drew fighters from all over the world and provided them with weapons and up to USD 30 billion funds, not to mention media instigation.

”The region cannot remain ablaze because some countries are furious and want to obstruct dialogue and postpone Geneva II,” Nasrallah added.

”All those who oppose political solution in Syria drink from the same well and want more destruction for Syria and all countries of the region, and for Palestine and its cause,” he pointed out.

Obstructing the political solution is horizon-free obstinacy, Nasrallah said, affirming that the current dialogue is an opportunity that ought to be seized.

The front that was aimed at ”toppling the regime” in Syria has done everything in its power but have failed to achieve it, Nasrallah said, indicating that ”the postponement of Geneva II conference spells more casualties and destruction.”

Nasrallah drew attention to major changes in the recent months in Syria ”in favor of the Syrian Arab army,” pointing to the failure of the armed groups to change the military balance and the state of infighting among the armed militias that left scores of them dead and injured.

He also referred to the failure of the Syrian opposition to unify its ranks, the fall of the military aggression scenario against Syria and the public and military steadfastness in Syria. ”All adding up to one conclusion: that there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria,” he said.

Nasrallah congratulated Aazaz liberated Lebanese, thanking all those who contributed to their freedom and emphasizing that the two bishops abducted in Aleppo, Paul Yazigi and John Ibrahim, must be freed “which is a mutual concern between the Lebanese and the Syrian people.”

He stressed the necessity of following up on the file of the Lebanese abductees and missing in Syria and forming a serious framework that takes responsibility for this issue.

He indicated that the Syrian leadership has repeatedly expressed readiness, through previous contacts and meetings with it, to bring these file to their logical and satisfactory endings ”which takes responsibility, courage, perseverance and settlement at the end of the day.”

Nasralla pointed to a political team in Lebanon ”that has obstructed everything pending the toppling of the regime in Syria and the fall of Syria…and some are even living in the dreams of returning [to Lebanon] via Damascus airport and that Syria will shift to another axis and another front.”

S.Nasrallah: Security,Oil in Lebanon Bear no Delay, Syrian Army Winner on Ground

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed Monday that liberating the nine Lebanese citizens who were kidnapped and held in Syria’s Aazaz for 17 months gives hope to the families of the rest Lebanese missing and kidnapped people that their day of freedom is near to come.

During a speech he delivered on the 25th anniversary of Al-Rasoul Al-Aazam hospital in Shahed School of Beirut southern suburb, Sayyed Nasrallah underlined the Syrian situation militarily and politically and the Lebanese internal situation regarding the oil file and the security developments.

His eminence congratulated Aazaz liberated Lebanese thanking all those who contributed to their freedom and emphasizing that the two bishops, Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazeji, must be freed, which represents a mutual concern between the Lebanese and the Syrian people.

“All the Lebanese who were kidnapped due to the events in Syria must be freed, including Hassan al-Miqdad, Samir Kassa and the residents of Maaroub town,” Sayyed Nasralla said, stressing that someone should be delegated to follow-up on such affairs in order to know the responsible for the kidnapping and to “open the door for old files,” and calling the Lebanese judiciary to review the file to know reasons behind their kidnapping.

“If we are in a respectful state, humanitarian issues must be reviewed regardless any political aspects… Regarding the Indonesian boat (which sank last month) the Lebanon reclaimed its citizens… This is the school of Resistance which does not accept to keep prisoners and bodies of martyrs for its enemy,” His eminence noted, stating that there are more pending files with the Zionist enemy and the Syrian brother.

“As for the Israeli side, files regarding the missing Lebanese are still pending since the invasion and the occupation era, including Yahya Skaf. The Israeli army bears the responsibility of all those missing whether by Lebanese militia groups, Lahd army or Antony Haddad army,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated.

Hezbollah Secretary General also noted that “there are 17 thousand missing persons due to the Israeli occupation, including the four Iranian diplomats along with other people during the Lebanese war,” calling for “the formation of a serious framework and appointing of a certain party to follow-up on the matter.

“I’ve got a clear word from the Syrian government that aims at reaching a  reasonable ending for those files. This issue requires solution at the end of the day,” he stressed, underlying the case of Imam Sayyed Musa al-Sadr with whom contact had been lost since he went to Libya in 1979.

“Another very serious file emerges … The case of the Imam of Resistance who lifted oppression on people. The case which has nothing to do with a family, sect or people. It is all about the dignity of the nation. It is a pure national case … We’ve sent letters to Iran urging to exert double efforts to bring Imam Sadr’s case to an end,” his eminence said, pointing out that Moussa Koussa, former Libyan foreign minister during Moammar Gaddafi’s era, is wandering in the Arab capitals’ hotels while he had worked for the Libyan intelligence and knew the place of Imam Sadr.

“There is also another man whom the Libyan authorities must interrogate. He is found in the prison and they are hindering the matter.”

Domestically, Sayyed Nasrallah expressed beliefs that Syrian events are affecting everything in Lebanon, because a certain Lebanese party hindered matters on the basis of waiting the results in Syria and the fall of President Bashar al-Assad, and that there are people who do not want to rturn to Lebanon only via Damascus airport.

“The Lebanese people become sick of hindering accusations, and they know – more than others – who is hindering the Parliament, the legislation, the dialogue, the caretaker cabinet sessions and the formation of a new government,” his eminence said.

On Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that major development occurred during the last months, where the battlefield evolves in favor of the Syrian army, underlying the inability of armed groups to change the game rules, due to the international and Arab change of direction following opposition limitations to unify ranks and the failure of any possible military action on Syria.

“The whole world believes that there will be no military solution for Syria. The available and acceptable solution is the political one,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated, adding that “the available way for political option is through dialogue without precondition.

“Talks on Geneva II conference open horizons regardless conditions and details. Lebanon and all peoples of the region must push towards the political solution in Syria,” he said, indicating that there are regional countries very mad about what is going on in the region, “i.e. the Saudi Arabia, which is not secret, that attracted tens of thousands of fighters from across the world,” and provided them with $ 30 billion so far, along with weapons, incitement, mass media and other tools.

“They (the Saudis) did their best to topple Syria but they failed.”

“The region cannot keep ablaze just because there are angry countries. There is a state which wants to hinder the dialogue and to postpone Geneva II, but all those who oppose the political solution in Syria are drinking from the same well. Those who oppose the solution want more destruction in Syria, in the regional states and in Palestine,” his eminence highlighted.

Sayyed Nasrallah made it clear that stubbornly has no horizons at all, and catching the opportunity of dialogue is a chance for all other parties:

“All those whose hearts beat for the Syrian people must point their fingers at the party which hinders the political solution… It is the responsibility of the nation. Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League are calling for a political solution.”

Hezbollah Secretary General voiced beliefs that the local, regional and international front which worked on toppling the regime in Syria have failed.

Sayyed Nasrallah also called March 14 bloc and al-Mustaqbal party not to hinder the formation of the new Lebanese cabinet, warning that any delay will improve the situation of the other party, indicating that the chain of salaries, the oil file, the electoral draft law and the presidency of the Republic are all pending issues that must be solved.

“Your bets on Syria have failed,” he told March 14 figures, adding that everyone feels the country is disabled.

“March 14 believes that the solution is to form cabinet before going to dialogue, before the legislation and before other things. We’ve agreed upon the 9-9-6 formula but they haven’t. If they agreed, the country would be better, there would be room for dialogue, the parliament would return to tackle the people’s affairs, and all resolutions which do not need the approval of two thirds would pass. We can solve all other problems,” Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stated.

“If there isn’t any possibility to form the cabinet, is it acceptable to disable the parliament for unconstitutional reasons?” he asked, pointing that the vast majority of the ministers agree on holding a cabinet session to review the oil file and the security events in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli, but there are  heavy political pressure since caretaker prime minister Najib Mikati resigned.

“If only those for whom Mikati resigned respect him. They attack him every day,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, adding that there are two serious files that bear no delay.

Firstly, his eminence urged the government to tackle the oil file without preconditions, indicating that “the Israelis are working day and night while we cannot meet,” describing such obstacles as “failure to do our duties” regarding this matter.

Secondly, Sayyed Nasrallah called for handling the Lebanese security situation in general and Tripoli events in particular, stating that what is going on in the northern city is painful for everyone and what we really need is the political will and a definite decision that the Lebanese army and other security apparatuses to handle situation there.

“This is the solution. the only solution is to call on the Lebanese army and the state, not to call on the Al-Nusra Front and ISIL (the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant),” he stressed.

His eminence urged clerics in Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods in Tripoli to issue Fatwas that ban fighting and shooting at the army, noting that “state agencies know about the bombings and explosions, they know the locations of booby-trapped cars but didn’t move a finger.”

“Perpetrators shouldn’t have any political cover because every explosion is condemned and all the people are under risk,” he said.

Sayyed Nasrallah expressed hopes that a national humanitarian establishment to be created, indicating that not only the Christian presence is threatened, but entire peoples in the region as well.

“The entire region is moving towards more conflicts,” he said.

“Therefore, shall we act with the mentality that our country needs careful attention?” Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah ended up asking.



Lavrov: Financers of Syrian opposition work to undermine efforts for holding Geneva 2

Oct 28, 2013

Moscow, (SANA)–  Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, stressed that some countries which are financing the Syrian opposition work directly to undermine the efforts exerted for holding Geneva 2 international conference on Syria.

Following his talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Leonid Kozhara, in the Russian city of Rostov on Monday, Lavrov said that each group of the Syrian opposition has its financer or supervisor in the region or outside it and everybody knows this, including the US administration, adding that Russia and the US are working to ensure that these sides assume responsibility for the acts and behavior of the opposition.

He said that everyone says they support Geneva 2, but in fact some countries which have strong influence on the crisis in Syria are working to undermine the Russian-US initiative.

Lavrov called on the financers of the armed groups in Syria to shoulder their responsibilities regarding the fate of the political solution for the crisis in Syria, asserting that the climate of holding the Geneva 2 conference requires the intervention of influential sides on the currently fragmented Syrian opposition, parts of which are breaking off while others are moving closer to Al Qaeda.

He expressed his anger over some opposition groups’ threats against the possible participants in Geneva 2 conference, including Russia and its diplomatic missions abroad.

The Russian Foreign Minister unveiled that these groups threatened the countries which call for finding a political solution and reject the military intervention to solve the crisis, asserting that these threats are unacceptable and the responsibility for them falls on those who fund these extremist groups.

Earlier, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Russian State Duma Alexei Pushkov stressed that the foreign caretakers of the “Syrian opposition” are the ones who are interested in foiling the international conference on Syria.

Boshkov said that “19 factions of the Syrian opposition, who are unable to work without foreign support, have rejected Geneva 2 conference, and their backers want to foil the conference.”

H. Zain/ Ghossoun / H. Sabbagh



اختراق مواقع وروابط حسابات باراك أوباما على تويتر وفيس بوك

اخترق الجيش السوري الإلكتروني حسابات بريد إلكتروني لأعضاء في المنظمة التي تدير حسابات التواصل الإجتماعي للرئيس الأميركي باراك أوباما على تويتر وفيس بوك .. كما تدير الموقع الرسمي الخاص به ..

كما اخترق الجيش السوري الإلكتروني نطاق الروابط الذي يستخدم في حسابات التواصل الإجتماعي للرئيس الأميركي .. بالإضافة لموقعه الرسمي والدخول الى لوحة التحكم الخاص به .

كما تم تحويل جميع متابعي حسابات أوباما على فيس بوك وتويتر الى فيديو يوضح حقيقة ما يحدث في سورية ..

صورة من لوحة التحكم الخاصة بالموقع الرسمي لباراك أوباما :

صورة من البريد الإلكتروني لأحد أعضاء المنظمة :

صورة من لوحة نطاق الروابط :

رابط البوست على الموقع الرسمي للجيش السوري الإلكتروني باللغة العربية :

رابط البوست على الموقع الرسمي للجيش السوري الإلكتروني باللغة الإنكليزية :

بــلاد الــعــم ســـام .. انــتــظــرونــا فــالــقــادم أعــظــم ..

الــجــيــش الــســوري الإلــكــتــرونــي .. وطــن .. شــرف .. إخــلاص .‬



Editorial Comment:

Cyprus agreed to accept the responsibility of disposing of Syria’s cw’s.

Lebanese officials sources told al-Manar that there are international attempts to dump Syria chemicals in Lebanon.

This questionable issue requires legal and environmental interpretations, especially after Norway rejected the international proposal to utilize its territories in order to dismantle Syria chemicals.

The International Law expert Adib al-Firzly clarified that a state or an institution cannot impose on another state dismantling the chemical weapons, yet all the states must cooperate in this concern, according to the political treaties that organize their relations.

“Legally, any state that accepts carrying out this mission has to have internal monitoring boards; however, Lebanon is not ready for such mechanisms,” al-Firzly added.

Chief Expert of International Health and Environment Protection, Doumet Kamel, said that at a certain temperature, evaporation has to be safe.

“The residual precipitation must be dumped scientifically,” he added, “Yet this is not completely safe as the dumped materials may explode and cause grave cases of death and destruction.”

“The unpopulated areas are the most suitable places to dump the chemicals, so Lebanon can never be adequate to dismantle the Syrian chemicals.”

Al Manar TV


Army confronts terrorists in different areas, kills scores of them
Oct 25, 2013

Provinces, (SANA)- Army on Thursday continued pursuing armed terrorist groups in several provinces, inflicting heavy losses upon them and destroying their criminal tools.

Army units seize weapons and communication-sets for terrorists on Damascus and Hama

A unit of the armed forces seized a truck loaded with large amounts of weapons and ammunition on the international road between Aleppo and Hama, which were hidden in secret caches, directed from Mork town to the terrorists in Daraa.

Seized weapons included machineguns, RPGs launchers and PKC machineguns which were hidden inside sacks full of pistachios and large amounts of ammunition hidden inside the reserve fuel tank.

In Damascus, authorities seized a warehouse full of weapons and ammunition in al-Razi farms.The seized weapons included machineguns, PKC gun, grenades, communication-sets and large amounts of ammunition.

Army kills terrorists and destroys weapons in Damascus countryside

An official source said that army units clashed with terrorists in the vicinity of Tameco Company for Pharmaceutical Industries in al-Mleiha town, killing several terrorists, among them Tahsin al-Bika’i and Mahmoud al-Dali.

Another unit killed terrorists and injured others on Zamalka axis; among them Amer Abdul-Ghafour as an army unit killed three terrorists near Othman Mosque in Erbin and destroyed their weaponry.

The source added that an army unit carried out a qualitative operation in al-Eb farms in Duma area, killing Muhannad al-Qasir, leader of a terrorist group along with a number of his group’s members, and destroyed machineguns and automatic shotguns.

In Damascus southern countryside, army units pursued terrorist groups in al-Bowaida farms and killed Arab mercenaries, among them the Saudi Wissam al-Ineizi and other terrorists affiliated to the so-called ”Islam Brigade”, and a leader of a terrorist group nicknamed Abu Suhaib.

The source said that members of a terrorist group were killed in the farms between al-Moaddamiah and Darayya, among them Badr al-Homsi and another terrorist called Khaled.

Army units killed terrorists from the so-called al-Farouk Battalion and destroyed their weapons to the east of Yabroud.

Army units also chased terrorist groups east of Marret Saydnaya, east of Qara, northeast of al-Nabek, and south of Adra, killing and injuring many of their members and destroying their weapons.

Army units eliminate non-Syrian terrorists in Lattakia countryside

Units of the armed forces destroyed a terrorists’ warehouse full of ammunition and Grad rockets, killing and injuring many terrorists, some of them from Saudi Arabia, in the northern countryside of Lattakia.

A military source told SANA that an army unit targeted terrorists’ dens and gatherings in al-Dwra village, killing and injuring scores of them, in addition to destroying a warehouse full of Grad rockets.

Abu al-Khatab al-Ma’arawi, Ali al-Sheikh Mohammad, Mohammad Rishan , Ahmad Maqabawi and Samaan al-Sharqawi were identified among the dead terrorists.

The source pointed out that an army unit destroyed two cars equipped with heavy machineguns in Jabal al-Koz village and killed all terrorists inside them, including Ahmad Hasbanji and Firas al-Haaj.

Another army unit killed a number of terrorists in Ein al-Hour village, including Abu Kutada al-Harthi from Saudi Arabia, Muhanad Ahmad al-Issa, Maher al-Saleh and Manhal al-Samra’ai.

Army eliminates non-Syrian terrorists in Daraa and its countryside

In Daraa, a military source said that a unit of the armed forces destroyed a number of tunnels extended from the Sports club towards Abu Khaceibeh building and al-Sad and the camp road with all the weapons and ammunition inside them.

The source added that a number of terrorists were eliminated in Bosra square, surrounding 7 of April School , al-Mualimin roundabout and in al-Bahar neighborhood in Daraa city, among them Bashar Tayssir Aba Zaid, Bahaa Ahmad Khalifeh and Ihab Ahmad Ali.

An army unit eliminated an armed terrorist groups who attacked a military checkpoint near Tafas, while other army units clashed with terrorists in Izra, Boser al-Harir, al-Miskiya, Nawa, al-Za’arour, al-Hanout and Saida al-Golan, killing scores of terrorists among them Ahmad al-Harifi from Saudi Arabia in addition to Mohammad Hussein al-Isawi, the leader of an armed terrorist group and Abdul-Rahman al-Awad.

An army unit destroyed two terrorist cars loaded with weapons and ammunition, and killed 12 terrorists and injured others due to the explosion of an explosive device while they were planting it on the entrance of Nimer village in Daraa countryside.

Terrorists killed and injured in Homs

Army units pursued members of armed terrorist groups in Sadad and Mahin towns, and they foiled, in cooperation with residents, infiltration attempt into Arakvillage in al-Sukhneh in Homs Province.

A military source said that army units clashed with members of armed terrorist groups that infiltrated from Mahin town, killing many of them.

The source added that armed terrorist groups’ attempt of infiltration into Arak village was foiled, as many terrorists were killed, others were injured and their weapons were destroyed.

The source pointed out that army units inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in Bab Hood and al-Qussour neighborhoods and in the villages of al-Dar al-Kabira and al-Khalediyeh, destroying a car loaded with weapons and ammunition.

Other army units killed many terrorists in Mhein, al-Rastan cities and in Ein Hassan village, destroying their weapons and ammunition.

Meanwhile, an army unit destroyed a cars transporting terrorists and killed 25 of them in the outskirts of Sadad town.

The source pointed out that two shells fell on the citizens’ houses in al-Ensha’at neighborhood in the city with no human casualties.

Army units pursue terrorists in Daraa

A unit of the armed forces achieved progress toward the old Jomrok (customs) of Daraa and surrounded a number of buildings to cut off supplies of the armed terrorist groups.

An official source told SANA that an army unit advanced in Busra Square in the city toward al-Nazihin camp, surrounding the area for destroying the tunnels net in the place and preventing terrorists from sneaking into the safe places.

Terrorist groups wholly eliminated in Lattakia

A number of armed terrorist groups were wholly eliminated with all their embers killed in al-Fruluq area and in the villages of al-Shahroura, al-Dweirkeh and al-Marouniyeh in the northern countryside of Lattakia. Rockets and ammunition caches were destroyed in the operations.

Army destroys tunnel, advances in Sadad in Homs

An army unit confronted an armed terrorist group that was transferring weapons and ammunition from al-Dar al-kabira village to al-Waer area in the countryside of Homs, killing and injuring its members.

A military source told SANA that the terrorists’ weapons and ammunition were seized.

Another army unit, the source added, destroyed a terrorists’ tunnel in al-Waer and a den in al-Qusour neighborhood in the city, killing all the terrorists inside.

The army units chased armed terrorist groups while trying to infiltrate into to reach the Church of Saint Michael, the center of town.

An army unit confronted an armed terrorist group that was transferring weapons and ammunition from al-Dar al-kabira village to al-Waer area in the countryside of Homs, killing and injuring its members.

An official source said SANA reporter that the army units wiped out terrorists were fortified at the hospital and the municipal building and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

Cars with all terrorists inside were destroyed on Mahin-Sadad and al-Hafer-Sada road.

In the framework of hunting down the fleeing terrorists on teh outskirts of al-Sukhna town to which the army restored full security on Thursday, the army units eliminated all members of armed terrorist groups between Burj Qa’i and Taldao in al-Hula countryside and destroyed cars equipped with machineguns.

An infiltration attempt from al-Qarabis towards al-Ghota groves was thwarted also.

Targeting terrorists gatherings in al-Ghasebieh village, al-Mukharram and Hosh Hajjo, the army units killed a number of gunmen and destroyed a number of vehicles equipped with machine guns.

Over 50 terrorists ambushed in Damascus Countryside, Israeli-made rockets seized

The army ambushed more than 50 terrorists linked to Jabhat al-Nusra and the so-called Al-Islam Brigade in the vicinity of al-Otaiba lake in Damascus countryside and seized their weapons including Israeli-made anti-tank rockets, RPG launchers and BKC machineguns.

A field commander told SANA reporter that the army units, in cooperation with the residents in the eastern Ghouta, ambushed terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra and ‘Al-Islam Brigade’ who were fleeing from al-Nashabiyeh area towards Mid’a.

Some 41 terrorists were killed and around 10 others were wounded in the ambush, some of them holding the Saudi, Qatari and Iraqi nationalities, according to the commander.

He pointed out that automatic rifles, home-made grenades, Israeli-made anti-tank rockets, BKC machine guns and RPG launchers were destroyed in the operation.

The commander noted that over the past period 7 ambushes were carried out in the region resulting in the death of scores of terrorists who were trying to infiltrate the eastern Ghouta to back up the armed terrorist groups who had suffered heavy losses at the hands of the army soldiers.

In the same context, an army unit ambushed an armed terrorist group on Tal Treireh-Kanaker road, killing and injuring many members, in addition to seizing a truck containing weapons and ammunition, including anti-tank mines, automatic rifles, BKC machine guns and RPGs launchers.

In the meantime, units of the armed forces killed numbers of terrorists and injured others and destroyed a mortar in the areas of Rima farms and al-Khaneq in Yabroud and in al-Nabi Wais in Rankous.

Terrorists’ dens stormed in Aleppo

Meanwhile, several dens for armed terrorist groups were destroyed in the countryside of Aleppo and attempts of other groups to infiltrate safe areas in the city were thwarted.

SANA reporter quoted a military source as saying that a unit of the armed forces carried out a special operation against terrorists in Kweiris village in which it stormed their dens and gatherings, leaving all the terrorists dead. Mortars and various types of weapons were destroyed in the operation.

According to the source, rocket launch pads were destroyed in Erbid village and in the surrounding of Rasm al-Abboud airport, while cars loaded with weapons and ammunition were destroyed in the duty free zone and al-Naqarin area.

Army units, the source added, killed members of armed terrorist groups in the villages of Mayer, Andan and Qadi Askar.

Another army unit clashed with terrorists as they were trying to infiltrate from several axes towards al-Jandoul street, Talet al-Awared and al-Basat street in al-Ashrafiyeh area. Most of the terrorists were killed and injured.

Army regains control over Htaitet al-Turkman in Damascus countryside, al-Sukhna town in Palmyra
Oct 24, 2013

Damascus countryside, (SANA) _Army units on Thursday regained full control over Htaitet al-Turkman town in Damascus countryside, having eliminated the residual terrorist groups in the area and destroyed their weapons.

SANA correspondent quoted a field commander in the town as saying that the army tightened control over Htaitet al-Turkman, the last remaining stronghold for terrorists on Damascus International Airport road in a 48-hour qualitative operation.

The commander said that around 100 terrorists have been killed and 150 others injured during the operation. The terrorists Mohammad al-Barazi and another one called Abu Jaber al-Homsi were identified among the dead.

Secret arms caches for terrorists have been destroyed, the commander pointed out, adding that the Syrian soldiers are pursuing the remaining terrorists on the outskirts of the town.

Army restores security and stability to al-Sukhna town in Palmyra countryside

Army units restored security and stability in al-Sukhna town in Palmyra countryside, having eliminated armed terrorist groups who sneaked into the town earlier this week.

An official source told SANA that all members of the terrorist groups have been killed and their weapons destroyed.

The source added that the terrorist groups committed looting and vandalism acts in the town and planted explosives in the houses that the army units neutralized, restoring full security and stability to the town.

Army regains control over Htaitet al-Turkman in Damascus countryside, al-Sukhna town in Palmyra
Oct 24, 2013

Damascus countryside, (SANA) _Army units on Thursday regained full control over Htaitet al-Turkman town in Damascus countryside, having eliminated the residual terrorist groups in the area and destroyed their weapons.

SANA correspondent quoted a field commander in the town as saying that the army tightened control over Htaitet al-Turkman, the last remaining stronghold for terrorists on Damascus International Airport road in a 48-hour qualitative operation.

The commander said that around 100 terrorists have been killed and 150 others injured during the operation. The terrorists Mohammad al-Barazi and another one called Abu Jaber al-Homsi were identified among the dead.

Secret arms caches for terrorists have been destroyed, the commander pointed out, adding that the Syrian soldiers are pursuing the remaining terrorists on the outskirts of the town.

Army restores security and stability to al-Sukhna town in Palmyra countryside

Army units restored security and stability in al-Sukhna town in Palmyra countryside, having eliminated armed terrorist groups who sneaked into the town earlier this week.

An official source told SANA that all members of the terrorist groups have been killed and their weapons destroyed.

The source added that the terrorist groups committed looting and vandalism acts in the town and planted explosives in the houses that the army units neutralized, restoring full security and stability to the town.


Al-Jaafari: Unilateral coercive economic measures against Syria inflamed crisis, completed backing terrorism approach

Oct 25, 2013

New York, SANA_ The unilateral coercive economic measures against Syria have inflamed the crisis instead of extending a helping hand, left very bad impacts on the livelihood of the Syrians and increased their suffering, Syria ‘s permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said.

“These measures are a completion of backing terrorism and extremism approach,” al-Jaafari on Thursday addressed the Economic and Financial Second Committee at the United Nations during discussing the item of issues related to macro-economic policies including international trade and development.

“Those countries and entities especially the so-called friends of Syria approved and implemented a series of unilateral economic, financial and commercial punitive and coercive measures without distinguishing between the government’s establishments, private sector or ordinary citizens,”

He said: ” despite knowing that the Syrian government and the private sector are responsible for the progress of the economic wheel and growth in Syria and for securing the livelihood and welfare of the Syrian people, they applied these unilateral coercive measures on a large number of establishments and governmental and private companies which invest in important civil vital sectors.

” These measures have affected negatively on the Syrian economy and the long-term growth, ” al-Jafari said, stressing that the motives and arguments of those political parties are pure political and aim at punishing the Syrian government and the people who elected and supported it.

“Such measures violate the principles and objectives of the United Nations Charter and resolutions and the rules of International Trade Law,” he said.

Ghossoun /

Al_Jaafari: US-EU coercive measures against Syria deprive Syrians of basic needs
Oct 30, 2013

New_York, (SANA) – Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, renewed on Tuesday Syria’s condemnation of the coercive measures imposed by the US and the European Union on the Syrian people, stressing that such measures represent utter violation of the principles of international law and a west’s hegemony tool on states and nations.

In Syria’s statement before the UN General Assembly’s meeting on ‘the need for ending economic, trade and financial sieges imposed by the USA on Cuba’, al- Jaafari highlighted the negative effects of the aggressive illegitimate unilateral measures imposed by the US and European Union which prevent the Syrians from getting their basic needs of food, medicine, medical equipment, oil, agricultural requirements, civil air transport means and communication equipment.

He added that these measures constitute a violation of the rights of the Syrian people.

Al-Jaafari affirmed Syria’s full support to the friendly people and government of Cuba in the face of the US unjust blockade imposed on it since 1959.

A draft UN General Assembly resolution condemning the US blockade on Cuba received 188 votes in favor, while the US and Israel voted against it and three states abstained from voting.

The Syrian diplomat noted that the support of 188 states to the draft resolution in the current session stresses once again that this siege is illegitimate and it ought to be ended.

He added that for Israel to solely vote against the resolution proves that it does not respect the international law.

Al-Jaafari said countries’ imposition of unilateral coercive measures is a breach of the relevant UN General Assembly resolutions, including resolution no. 66/186 on unilateral economic measures as a means for political and economic coercion against developing countries and resolution no. 67/170 on human rights and unilateral coercive measures in which the GA stresses its condemnation and rejection of unilateral economic measures.

He underscored that such US and EU measures aim to debilitate governments of UN member states or pressure them to change their policies and national options.

R. Milhem/H. Said


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