November 9, 2013
Baghdad, (SANA) – Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said that his country affirms that the solution to the crisis in Syria should be political and carried out by all Syrian sides engaging in negotiations without foreign interference.
In an interview given to al-Mayadin TV on Saturday, al-Shahristani said that there are Arab countries which send weapons to terrorists Syria, and that these weapons also find their way to Iraq where they are used in terrorist attacks, noting that his country warned Saudi Arabia that they weapons they send to Syria are also being used to murder Iraqis.
He also said that a small country like Qatar has no right to interfere in other countries' affairs, calling on Qatar to review its policies and realize its actual scale and political weight.
Al-Shahristani said that the disagreement between Iraq and Turkey regarding the Syrian crisis is one of the causes of the tension between them, as Iraq favors a political solution while Turkey sends weapons to armed groups.
He pointed out that Al Qaeda and its affiliates like Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reject those who disagree with them and mark them for death, noting that ISIS has expanded its activities, carrying out over 1,000 terrorist attacks in Iraq and more than 100 terrorist attacks in Syria.
November 8, 2013
"We have currently not been able to reach agreements during discussions of practical issues, including the dates and other organizational aspects, primarily because the [Syrian] opposition is not ready to accept invitations to the conference without preconditions," Lavrov said on Friday.
The Russian official noted that the Syrian opposition has been calling for the ouster of Syrian President Basher al-Assad government before joining the negotiating table, a demand which would be in contrast to former agreements.
“This contradicts the Russian-US initiative which envisions the convocation of a conference without any preconditions for full fulfillment of the tasks outlined in the Geneva Communiqué of June 30, 2012," he stressed.
Lavrov criticized the so-called Syrian National Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition Forces for asserting demands as the only representative of the Syrian people, while failing to represent even a majority of the groups opposing the Assad government.
Separately, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the opposition coalition had refused to attend an unofficial meeting with the Syrian government officials in Moscow.
The Russian initiative, Lukashevich said, had “received an active and positive response among a number of opposition group leaders.”
"Unfortunately, the Syrian National Opposition and individual leaders who consider it a counterproductive ploy are blocking it and refusing to participate," he added.
The Moscow meeting had been hoped to help resolve the humanitarian crisis in Syria, which has been plagued by a deadly conflict fueled by foreign-backed militants.
November 7, 2013
Damascus, (SANA) – Minister of Tourism, Bisher Yazigi, discussed with Ambassador of Russia in Damascus, Azamat Kulmuhametov, relations between the two friendly peoples and exchanged viewpoints on developing these relations in the field of tourism.
Minister Yazigi stressed in a press release that the two sides agreed to exchange experience in the field of training Syrian human cadres to develop the tourism sector.
For his part, the Russian Ambassador said that the radical solution to develop tourism in Syria lies in finding a political solution to the crisis as soon as possible, adding that Syria is rich with tourist and historical monuments.
He pointed out that Russia is committed to developing friendship relations and cooperation with Syria in various fields.
Minister of Tourism discusses with Chinese Ambassador means of developing cooperation
In the same context, Minister Yazigi discussed with Chinese Ambassador in Damascus, Zhang Xun, the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and means of developing these relations in the field of tourism.
Minister Yazigi stressed after the meeting the importance of cooperation with the Chinese tourist organizations to launch several tourist activates, adding that a number of Chinese businessmen will pay a visit to Syria soon.
The Chinese ambassador pointed out that friendship ties between the Syrian and Chinese peoples are deep-rooted and there is always need to communicate among them.
November 7, 2013
Damascus, (SANA) - The Syrian government has underlined the gravity of the terrorist groups' acquisition of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).
The government referred, in a letter addressed to the counter-terrorism committees at the UN Security Council in New York, to the information unveiled by a court indictment in the Turkish city of Adana against a terrorist group comprising Syrian and Turkish members that sought to obtain chemical weapons.
The letter clarified that the abovementioned al-Qaeda-linked group sought to obtain materials used in manufacturing the toxic Sarin gas before having them transferred to Syria.
The letter warned of the possibility that other terrorist groups might lay hands on chemical weapons, which poses a threat to Syria, the region and the world.
The letter demanded that the committees concerned at the UNSC work to match the chemicals mentioned in the indictment with the toxic gas used in Damascus countryside, Aleppo countryside and other sites in Syria.
It also requested that the committees inquire as to the reason behind the Turkish authorities releasing some defendants before arresting them again, and looking into whether it was intended to waste evidence in the case or evidence pertaining to other past of planned terrorist acts.
The letter also demanded that the committees oblige the Turkish government to cooperate with the counter-terrorism bodies into the case and any other terrorist activities, also requesting that a deeper and more thorough investigation be conducted into the issue with the participation of the countries neighboring Turkey and some European states.
The government stressed, in its letter, the necessity that the Turkish authorities ask the Turkish companies that sold the toxic chemicals to the suspects about the names and locations of the persons or bodies that purchased or sought to purchase the chemical materials.
Reliable sources have indicated that the Turkish public prosecutor's indictment of the terrorist group was predicated on compelling evidence related to them having procured WMDs in Turkey ahead of transferring them into Syria.
The evidence is based on investigations and testimonies confirming that the suspects are responsible for the crimes attributed to them, not to mention the affiliation of some of them to al-Qaeda and establishing contacts with its leaders, with intent to procure and transfer chemicals into Syria for handing them to the terrorist groups there.
The letter held the countries backing the anti-Syria terrorist activity in the region and the world fully responsible for the past and possible terrorist attacks inspired by that support that violates the relevant counter-terrorism UNSC resolutions.
November 7, 2013 - 'Weapons Seized in Turkey near Syria'
A cargo truck bearing 12,000 rocket heads was seized by Turkish police near the Syrian border, possibly on the way to rebel forces.
November 6, 2013
Provinces, (SANA) - The army units continued operations against the armed terrorist groups in several areas on Wednesday, killing dozens of terrorists and foiling their infiltration attempts.
Army targets terrorists' gatherings, destroyed heavy weaponry for terrorists in Aleppo
The army targeted terrorists gatherings in the areas of Khan al-Assal, al-Kindi Hospital, Tallat Azzan, al-Marjeh and Bustan al-Qasr.
A military source told SANA reporter that the army also destroyed terrorists' rocket launchers pads, mortar launchers and vehicles loaded with weapons in the areas of al-Jadida, Kweris, Rasm al-Abboud, Aleppo Central Prison, Kifr Da'el and on Khan al-Assal-al-Mansoura and Aleppo-Damascus highways.
The army clashed with terrorists in Aleppo's old city, killing a number of them and destroying their pick-up truck.
The army continued pursuing terrorists near al-Umayyad Mosque, Antakya School, al-Fateh Institute and al-Lairamon.
Army destroys terrorists gatherings in Idleb
The armed forces continued pursuing the armed terrorist groups in Idleb Province and targeted and destroyed many of their gatherings across the province.
A military source said that the army units eliminated terrorists' gatherings in the areas of al-Arba'een Mount, Areha, al-Nahleh, Nahlaya and Bazabour, killing scores of the terrorists and destroying their weaponry and equipment.
Army eliminates terrorists, seizes narcotic pills in Damascus Countryside
A unit of the armed forces on Wednesday eliminated an armed terrorist group that tried to infiltrate from Tal al-Haradin into Kanaker in Damascus Countryside and seized narcotic pills and weapons, a military source said.
The source told SANA that the seized weapons included a machinegun base mounted on a 4WD car, sniper rifles, automatic rifles, BKC machineguns and RPG launchers, in addition to seizing narcotic pills and leaflets for Jabhat al-Nusra.
Units of the army bombarded terrorist gatherings in al-Qaboun neighborhood and towns and villages in Damascus countryside during a series of intensive operations against the terrorist dens.
An official source told SANA reporter that units of the army clashed with terrorists in al-Qaboun and Jobar neighborhoods and killed 10 terrorists.
In Harasta city, the army eliminated many terrorists and eradicated entire terrorist groups along with their weapons and ammunition.
In Douma, an army unit carried out an operation destroying machineguns and various ammunition and killed 11 terrorists.
In Darayya, units of the army clashed with armed terrorist groups killing no less than 15 terrorists and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.
Army foils infiltration attempts, kills dozens of terrorists in Homs
The army units foiled terrorists' attempts to infiltrate the Syrian lands from Lebanon and destroyed terrorists' gatherings and hideouts in many areas in Homs.
A military source told SANA reporter that an army unit and the border guards clashed with terrorists who tried to enter the Syrian lands from the border areas of Joseh and al-Nu'aymat in Talkalakh countryside, killing most of the terrorists and destroying two vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition.
The army achieved significant advance in the area of Maheen and eliminated the members of several terrorist groups.
Terrorists' gatherings in the areas of Maheen, al-Dweir, al-Khaldyeh and Deir Foul in al-Rastan countryside were targeted and destroyed.
An army unit inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists who were making fortifications and barricades in Bab Hud Neighborhood.
Army units eliminate terrorists in Hasaka countryside
An army unit eliminated two gatherings of terrorists in the village of Maghloujeh in the western countryside side of Hasaka province and in Tal Barrak in its northern countryside.
In the village of Tal Eid in Qamishli countryside, the army destroyed terrorist hideout used by terrorists from "Liwa'a al-Tawhid" to plan their criminal acts, along with the weapons and ammo inside it.
When Israel's Help for Injured Syrian Children Is More Than Craven Hasbara
Every Good Deed Is Not for Public Relations Value
Hasbara Help: Israel has quietly helped a handful of injured Syrians cross the border and receive medical help. Critics scoff at the notion that the move is about anything more than winning positive headlines.
Water apartheid leaves Palestinian children ill
23 May 2012
Faqua is one of many Palestinian villages not connected to a water network. A few kilometers east of Jenin, it is located right on the edge of the massive wall that Israel continues to build in the West Bank.
Unlike most of the other villages in the area, however, Faqua is allocated a certain amount of water from the Mekorot (Israel’s national water company) pipe that serves Jenin and is used to serve the Israeli settlements of Kadin and Ganim, which were evacuated in 2005. Following talks with Israel in 2005, the Palestinian Water Authority managed to obtain a quota of 300,000 liters of water per day for the village. Before 2005, the water from Faqua came from an “illegal” connection in Jenin, but the water was contaminated.
Yet for Faqua’s roughly 4,000 inhabitants, 300,000 liters amounts to a mere 75 liters of water per person per day — well under the minimum of 100 liters recommended by the World Health Organization.
Moreover, the filling point from which the PWA water tanker brings the water is located halfway between Jenin and Faqua, about 6 kilometers outside the village. The filling point is the only source of water available to the village — since Israel controls all sources of freshwater in the West Bank, and forbids Palestinians from drilling wells and extracting water from the rich aquifers lying under their feet.
Under the Olso accords, Palestinians are allocated 118 million cubic meters of water from the West Bank aquifers per year (compared to 483 million cubic meters for Israel), which isn’t enough for the growing Palestinian population.
Due to the difficulty in bringing water from the filling point, the price of the water is much higher than in cities connected to the water network: a 10 cubic meter tanker from the PWA costs 110 shekels ($29) in Faqua, compared to 40 shekels ($10) for those lucky enough to be connected to a Mekorot pipe. A private tanker bringing water from privately-owned wells in Jenin costs 140 shekels ($36) for the same amount of water, but the water is unregulated and of dubious quality.
Just on the northern edge of the village, Israel’s wall zigzags through the land, a stone’s throw away from the village’s houses. In this area, the concrete wall has been replaced with an electronic fence and a double row of barbed wire on both sides of a road used exclusively by patrolling Israeli military vehicles. The barbed wire allows the residents of the village to gaze into present-day Israel, but the view is only a sad reminder of the water abundance that Israeli citizens enjoy. Green and yellow fields of crops and cereals stretch across the plain, interspersed by a few hills.
“In the summer, the fields behind the wall are always green,” said Tahane Abu Khamis, a mother of three living just by the rows of barbed wire that mark the boundary between Israel and the West Bank. “You can see the sprinklers watering their crops and vegetables: cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplants,” she added, in a flat tone. In Faqua, the fertile land remains mostly uncultivated due to the lack of water; crops are grown sporadically during the few winter months that bring occasional rain.
Children ill from dirty water
In order to cope with the lack of water, many households in the village build their own cistern in order to collect rainwater. Abu Khamis’s cistern is underground, a few meters away from her home; a small concrete canal runs down a slope, channeling the rainwater to the cistern below. Her family used to boil the rainwater and use it for cooking and drinking, but when her children started to get sick, she decided to buy bottled water instead.
Abu Khamis’ unemployed brother, who lives in same house as her, with his own wife and children, still drinks water from the cistern in winter, unable to afford bottled water for his family. His youngest son is sick with diarrhea, and Abu Khamis suspects the water to be the cause.
Yet even during particularly rainy winters, water from the cistern runs out quickly — by the end of April this year, the cistern was already empty.
“We just bought our first tanker this year, but even the water from the private tankers isn’t clean, you can see insects inside,” Abu Khamis explained. Rather than buying water from the PWA tanker, which is not only cheaper but much cleaner, the village’s poorest families are forced to purchase tankers from private sellers, who let them pay late or in several installments.
Abu Khamis’s family belongs to this category; her husband, who works as a street cleaner, spends most of his salary on water, electricity and food. Abu Khamis predicts that the water from the tanker will run out in a few weeks and the two households will need to purchase a new one. For the 13 people living in her house, this amounts to a mere 35 liters of unclean water per day per person, at more than three times the rate consumers pay for tap water.
Along one side the West wants a puppet government in Syria and delivers constantly weapons to the terrorists and opposition fighting the Syrian government.
On the other hand, it makes publicity for its 'Global Poverty Project' by advertising mass vaccination campaigns simultaneously in Syria and other countries (Iraq, Pakistan,).
That's pure hypocrisy because polio is a result of a lack of hygienic conditions (water, food).
It is therefore that the Syrian Health Minister, Dr. Saad al-Nayef, has requested the International Concerned organizations to demand the economic embargo on Syria lifted as it targets the health, food and medicine of the Syrian children.
Let us wait and see if Western organizations and government leaders dare to be honest...
As a reminder:
Despite difficulties, polio immunization drive underway in Iraq
GENEVA, NEW YORK, AMMAN, 14 November 2006 - A national polio immunization drive to protect 4.8 million Iraqi children was launched by the Iraqi Ministry of Health. The campaign was delayed for a week because of security concerns across parts of the country.
Over the next five days, over 5400 mobile vaccinators will travel house-to-house across Iraq to immunize every child under five against polio. The campaign will help to maintain Iraq’s polio-free status, a public health triumph for children won through several successful immunization drives such as this latest one. Iraq’s last polio case was reported in 2000.
UNICEF is providing oral polio vaccines (OPV) for the campaign, as well as transport and communication support to help vaccinators reach children even in Iraq’s most remote and insecure areas. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also provided vital assistance to the Iraqi government for planning the campaigns, training local health staff and providing incentives for vaccinators.
This is Iraq’s second polio campaign of 2006. The first campaign was held in April/May and immunized over 96per cent of the target population. The second round of the current campaign will take place in December.
Polio is a highly infectious and incurable disease that can cause lifelong paralysis. Most of its victims are children under five years old. Although polio has been driven from Iraq, a recent global resurgence of the virus has brought a renewed threat to the region. Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Sudan have all been re-infected since 2004, making this week’s campaign critical to safeguard Iraq’s children.
UNICEF and WHO commend the Iraqi Ministry of Health, and in particular the vaccinators themselves, for their great commitment to ensure the success of the current campaigns. The UN Agencies are calling on everyone in Iraq to facilitate the vaccination effort.
Iraq is part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the world’s largest public health drive spearheaded by WHO, Rotary International, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF.
The Western countries which do not respect the right to self-determination of the Syrian people, are responsible for the weapons deliveries to the so-called rebels in Syria.
The infrastructure of the country is systematically destroyed by the foreign backed war against the Syrian government. People becomes unemployed or fall into poverty. They can not afford medical care for themselves and their children.
1) Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.
2) British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for terrorist bomb attacks and the undermining of Syria's government.
3) An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.
4) The Belgian State Security "has not confirmed" the rumor that Belgian jihadists are fighting in Syria. The newspapers 'Het Belang van Limburg' and 'Gazet van Antwerpen' argued the opposite: "The State Security confirmed the presence of Belgian terrorists in Syria". Originally the Flemish newspapers relied on a report by Reuters, dated July 31th 2012, citing statements from "several rebel commanders in the north-west Syria," according to which "Muslims in Great Britain, Belgium and the United States had joined the Free Syrian Army (SLA)". On July 13th, Reuters pointed out a flood "of thousands of assault rifles Belgian FN FAL was in the hands of the rebels". In its annual reports, the Belgian State Security explains how and why she follows people attracted by fighting abroad: there was attention for Iraq, then, from 2010, to the movement towards Pakistan-Afghanistan border area; Finally, most recently, to new locations: "If the Afghan-Pakistan area, more than Iraq, was still popular in 2010 with the majority of volunteers for jihad", the Belgian State Security wrote in his latest report, "some of them began to plot their way to Yemen, Somalia and the Caucasus". And Syria now? "Obviously. Where they are beaten, those who return and who actually participated in the fighting have gained knowledge on how to handle weapons, strategy and tactics of war," noted the Belgian State Security yesterday. "This is the central reason for the Belgian concern". Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium.
5) The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.
6) The weapons and military equipment recently discovered and seized by the Syrian Army in Idlib province proves NATO's arms and logistic support for terrorists in Syria.
7) The seized weapons in Salqain district in Idlib included 7.26 guns along with other weapons as well as boxes of gunshots with the words "NATO BALL" carved on them.
8) The Lebanese army intelligence has seized a large quantity of wea Lutfallah II container pons hidden inside cars aboard an Italian ship at Tripoli port, north of Lebanon, Lebanese security sources told Al-Manar TV.
9) This comes just days after the Lebanese Army Marines confiscated Lutfallah II arms shipment off the Lebanese port of Batoun while it was carrying 300,000 pounds of weapons within three containers. Reports said the cargo ship, which was flying the flag of Sierra-Leone, had left Libya and was bound to Syria.
10) Lebanese terrorist Mohammad Hussein Fares confessed to participating in smuggling weapons, militants and journalists into Syria and committing terrorists acts against Syrians. Fares said that they smuggled assault rifles, RPG rounds, sniper rifles, LAW missiles, machineguns and cases of ammo, delivering them to Amoun, with al-Jarban coming later to distribute them among terrorists.
11) US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are arming AL-QAEDA Terrorists to commit Terrorism in Syria
12) Over 30,000 various weapons have been channelled to Syria since unrest flared up there in April last year, Amin Khteit says. The overall amount of explosives makes up 300 tons. The deliveries were made by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They depend on the United States, which is making every effort to overpower Syria.
13) The authorities seized weapons smuggled from Turkey in Tal Abyad area on the Syrian-Turkish borders in Raqqa countryside.
14) A Turkish parliamentarian has stressed that Turkish ambulances are transporting weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, expressing their opposition to Ankara's policies on the Syrian case.
15) Western News item - August 9, 2012: Sarkozy urges Libyan scenario in Syria. Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the spearhead of last year’s campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi, has called for rapid international action on Syria, comparing the current crisis with the situation in Libya. Sarkozy has spoken with the Syrian opposition leader, Abdulbaset Sieda, and both agreed there is a need for foreign intervention in Syria in order to stop the ongoing crisis, Reuters reports.
(Syria was a French Colony from 1918 to 1944)
16) Western News item - August 11, 2012: US and Turkey to consider no-fly zones for Syria - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are considering implementing no-fly zones for Syria after holding Saturday talks in Istanbul. According to Reuters, Clinton said that Ankara and Washington need to plan ways to assist the rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad – including possibly implementing a no-fly zone.
(Syria was part of the Ottoman Empire from the 16th through 20th centuries)
17) Western News item - September 6, 2012: France has embarked on providing direct financial and arms aid to insurgent-held areas of Syria and is even supplying anti-aircraft weapons to terrorists fighting Syrian Army forces. France has vowed an extra 5 million euros ($6.25 million) to help Syrian armed groups. France is considering supplying heavy artillery to the Syrian rebels. ( On November 15, 2012, France said 'it would float giving rebels defensive weapons' but in September 2012 it was already weapening anti-Syria-government groups. It is thus clear that the French government misleads the French people. Syria was a French Colony from 1918 to 1944...)
18) Western News item - November 13, 2012: France became the first European power to recognize Syria's new opposition coalition as the sole representative of its people and said it would look into arming rebels against President Bashar al-Assad once they form a government.
(Syria was a French Colony from 1918 to 1944)
19) Western News item - November 21, 2012: UK joins France in supporting Syrian rebel coalition - British Foreign Secretary William Hague told members of parliament Tuesday that the National Coalition of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces was the "sole legitimate representative" of the Syrian people, calling it a "credible" alternative to al-Assad.
20) Western News item - November 28, 2012: NATO General-Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that NATO allies will respond positively to Turkey’s demand for Patriot missiles within “days” and that command of the system will be under NATO control.
“Russia has no right to intervene in this process. This is a NATO decision; third parties have nothing to say,” Rasmussen said about Russian objections to the deployment.
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli echoed Kılıçdaroğlu and calling on the government to inform Parliament on the missiles. “We wonder why Prime Minister Erdoğan abruptly requested Patriot missiles from NATO. Have Syrian missiles been directed to Turkey?
(Syria was part of the Ottoman Empire from the 16th through 20th centuries. After the division of Rome into the Eastern and Western empires in the 4th century, Syria came under Byzantine rule. By the late 11th century, the Seljuk Turks had captured most of Syria)
Polio can be transmitted by ingesting contaminated water and food. It is because of these circumstances that people who live in communities with poor hygiene and sanitation conditions are most at risk of contracting polio:
November 2, 2013
Medical units on border crossings to vaccinate children against polio
Damascus, (SANA) - Health Minister, Dr. Saad al-Nayef said the ministry has set up medical units on all border crossings to vaccinate children entering and leaving Syria against polio, in sync with the vaccination campaign that was launched inside Syria last month.
10 polio cases have been confirmed in Deir Ezzor province, the minister said.
In a statement to journalists on the outcomes of his participation at the 60th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, the minister said that the ministry has urged international organizations to raise alarm as to the perils of the illegal movement of human groups from polio-affected countries, especially that the virus in the WHO-tested cases in Deir Ezzor was proved to be of a Pakistani origin.
The minister added that it was agreed to conduct vaccination campaigns simultaneously in Syria and other neighboring countries so as to ensure that Syrian children are immunized wherever they are.
The minister added that Syria has requested the international organizations concerned to demand the economic embargo on Syria lifted as it targets the health, food and medicine of the Syrian children.
Foreign Ministry: Kerry's statements are violation of the Syrians' right to self-determination
Nov 4, 2013
Damascus, (SANA) - A Foreign and Expatriates Ministry source on Sunday dismissed US Secretary of State John Kerry's continued statements as aimed to abort Geneva conference and constituting a blatant interference in the Syrian Affairs.
The source stressed that Kerry's statements constitute violation of the Syrian people's right to self-determination.
"If the US was sincere about cooperating with the Russian Federation in sponsoring Geneva conference, then Kerry must grasp that the Syrian people alone have the right to choose their leadership and political future without any foreign interference," said the source.
It went on saying that "Kerry must realize that the success of Geneva conference depends on the will of the Syrian people themselves through agreement to work to halt violence and terrorism and achieve the political settlement that would lead to the broadest participation in drawing Syria's future."
Nobel Peace Laureate: 'Syrian people have the right for self-determination'