09-02-14

Latest News Syria: U.S. undermining Geneva 2

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2014-1-29 - 'Syria gov't slams U.S. rearmament of rebels as undermining Geneva II':
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-01/29/c_126076477.htm

27-01-14

Geneva 2 Syria: blocked by the U.S. and its allies

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Coalition delegation of so-called "opposition" rejects a political communiqué containing principles submitted by official Syrian delegaiton

Geneva, Jan 27, 2014 (SANA delegate) – The Syrian Arab Republic's official delegation to the Geneva 2 Conference presented a "basic elements of a political communiqué" containing principles which the coalition delegation of the so-called "opposition" rejected.

The communiqué affirms respecting Syria's sovereignty, restoring its usurped lands, preserving its establishments, and abandoning all forms of extremism, fanaticism and takfiri ideas.

The communiqué rejects all forms of interference or foreign dictation, with the Syrians deciding upon their country's future using democratic methods, in addition to asserting that that it's not permissible to relinquish any part of Syria.

The communiqué stresses that the Syrian Arab Republic is a democratic country based on the basis of political pluralism, the rule of law, independence of the judiciary and citizenship, and protecting national unity and cultural diversity of the components of the Syrian society and protecting public freedom, and the Syrians are the ones who have have the right to choose their political system withoutout compromising on any subject unacceptable to the syrian people from any imposed formulae.

The communiqué asks all countries to prevent supplying weapons or training or harboring terrorists, and also stopping all kinds of media hatred incitment to perpetrate terrorist acts in accordance with international resolutions relevant to combating terrorism.

The communiqué also noted that the state establishment cost people money and hard work and therefore must be preserved, in addition to stressing the need to preserve and protect all state establishments and utilities, infrastructure, and public and private properties.

Sources close to the Syrian official delegation to Geneva asserted that the delegation was and still is open to discussing all points, but it proposed these principles which no patriotic Syrian would reject in order to find common ground, yet the coalition delegation of the so-called "opposition" rejected them.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2014/01/27/524586.htm

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14. January, 2014 - Geneva II – Washington’s Plan B for Regime Change in Syria http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2014/01/geneva-ii-washingtons-plan-b-regime-change-syria/

Jan 22, 2014 - Geneva II: Iran nixed proves US fixed - There is a good reason why Iran has been blocked from attending the Geneva II conference on Syria – because the meeting is not about finding a peaceful settlement. Rather, it is merely an American mechanism for engineering regime change in Syria.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/21/346914/geneva-ii-iran-nixed-proves-us-fixed/

Jan 20, 2014 - Geneva II conference: US and allies, not Iran, are major obstacles to peace in Syria
http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/16374000-geneva-ii-conference-us-and-its-allies-are-the-major-obstacle-to-peace-in-syria-not-iran

Photo: President Obama and his friend, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The United States is responsible for supplying arms to saudi arabia and terrorist groups in Syria.

12-11-13

Geneva 2 Syria: Kerry Backs Political Solution...

Feb. 28, 2013 - Kerry Backs Political Solution - Kerry said, “We want to see Assad and the Syrian opposition sitting at the same table to establish a transitional government as laid out in the Geneva Accords.”
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/tr/contents/articles/politics/2013/03/us-supports-negotiations-syria.html

August 27th, 2013 - 'U.S. said to organize major weapons transfer to Syria rebels, financed by Gulf states'
http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/08/27/u-s-said-to-organize-major-weapons-transfer-to-syria-rebels-financed-by-gulf-states/

November 7, 2013 - 'Syria crisis: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force'
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/syria-crisis-saudi-arabia-spend-millions-new-rebel-force

November 7, 2013 - 'Syrian Rebel Groups Vie for Saudi Funding and Weapons'
http://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/Middle-East/Syrian-Rebel-Groups-Vie-for-Saudi-Funding-and-Weapons.html

November 10, 2013 - 'The CIA is Leading Massive Arms Deliveries to Rebels in Syria, Saudi Arabia is Training Terrorists'
http://www.globalresearch.ca/cia-is-leading-massive-arms-deliveries-to-rebels-in-syria-saudi-arabia-training-terrorists/5357531

November 12, 2013 - 'Saudi Arabia offers USD 300 million to terrorists…Doha Coalition admits subordination'
http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/12/512151.htm

09-11-13

Geneva talks: Syria opposition

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says setting a timeline for the long-awaited Geneva II Syria talks has failed so far due to the obstacles created by Syria’s foreign-backed opposition.

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. 

MRS/AB

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/08/333692/syria-opposition-blocking-talks-russia/

04-11-13

Geneva 2 Syria: Syrians' right to self-determination

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."

H. Said

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/04/510556.htm

Nobel Peace Laureate: 'Syrian people have the right for self-determination'
http://orientalreview.org/2013/10/22/nobel-peace-laureate-syrian-people-have-the-right-for-self-determination/

Peace Talks Syria - Geneva 2: Bombing Israeli warplanes

October 31, 2013

Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian air defense base near the port city of Latakia on Thursday, US official have confirmed to media.

An Obama administration official told AP that the attack happened overnight on Thursday, but provided no details. Another security official told the news agency that it took place in the Syrian port city of Latakia, and that the targets were Russian-made SA-125 missiles.

http://news.antiwar.com/2013/11/01/israel-furious-as-white-house-confirms-latest-syria-attack/

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484

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Israel a Major Obstacle to Peace

May 23, 2009 – Syria: Israel A “Major Obstacle” To Peace
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-5035594-503543.html

May 23, 2009 – Associated Press – Syria’s Assad: Israel Is ‘Obstacle’ to Peace
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,521417,00.html

7.13.09 Syria to EU: Israel obstacle to peace – Israel News, Ynetnews
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3745949,00.html

May.23, 2009 – Assad: Israel is the major obstacle to peace
http://www.haaretz.com/news/assad-israel-is-the-major-obs...

4 June 2008 – Normalizing occupation: Syria, Israel and “peace talks”
http://electronicintifada.net/content/normalizing-occupat...

MARCH 2005 – CAN ISRAEL AND SYRIA REACH PEACE ? OBSTACLES, LESSONS AND PROSPECTS
http://www.bakerinstitute.org/publications/wp_israelsyria...

Israel Buys the US Congress: Sabotaging the US-Iran Peace Negotiations
http://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-buys-the-us-congress-sabotaging-the-us-iran-peace-negotiations/5356541

03-11-13

Geneva 2 Syria: China

China supports Geneva II conference on Syria

October 31, 2013

Damascus: China has supported efforts to find a political solution of persisting Syrian crisis and supported the Geneva II conference in this regard. 

The Chinese ambassador to Syria Zhang Xun said Wednesday that China deems the political solution and the Geneva II conference on Syria as "necessary" in light of the current situation in the war-torn country, Xinhua reported. 

"We all deem the political solution and convening the Geneva II conference as necessary, particularly in light of the current situation. 

"The military solution has no way out, and any party of the conflict can't defeat the others," Zhang said after meeting the visiting UN-Arab League joint special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. 

"Brahimi has provided us with the results of his Middle East tour," the ambassador remarked about his meeting with Brahimi, stressing that China "actively support convening the Geneva II conference in order to reach for a political solution to the Syrian issue." 

He also reiterated his country's rejection of any form of foreign military intervention in Syria, saying that "we reject the foreign military intervention and wish for a ceasefire and a halt of violence in Syria. 

"We support the work of Brahimi, and exert efforts in dealing with concerned Syrian parties."

The long-awaited Geneva II conference on Syria aims to bring the government and the opposition to one table by the end of November to hammer out a political solution to end the suffering of all Syrians.

IANS

http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/china-supports-geneva-ii-conference-on-syria_887157.html

Latest News Syria: Geneva 2

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As a reminder:

Free Syrian Army wants guns and heavy weapons

Brussels, 5.4.2013

General Selim Idris, Chief of Staff of the Free Syrian Army was in the European Parliament, where he was invited by warmonger Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats ‘for Europe’.

Idris said that his army needed the West to supply “weapons and ammunition” so that his forces can “defend themselves.”

He said that, if such support arrived, “The regime will collapse in a month.” He added that Syrians supporting the rebellion didn’t understand why the West had an arms embargo.

“The people say they don’t understand why international community sees the news on TV and just speak, saying ‘Assad has to go’. There is no real action,” he said.

He was supported by ALDE President, Guy Verhofstadt, who said that there was “a growing consensus in Europe that the Syrian conflict cannot go on interminably.” The Liberal leader also said that arms should be supplied “in order that you can defend yourselves.”

According to the liberals, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton has to make proposals to the 27 EU Member states. In their view, Lady Ashton’s response is currently “mostly passive”.

Both France and Britain have indicated that they are prepared to reconsider the embargo on arming the western backed ‘rebels’…

Photo: Chief of Staff of the ‘Free Syrian Army’ Gen. Salim Idris addresses the media after he discussed the situation in Syria with Guy Verhofstadt, right, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday March 6, 2013.

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Liberal politics: 'Non-military security'

Liberals recognise the contribution to peace made by aid-driven democratisation and development. We believe that we should be more flexible and open minded in our approach to security. The result of this would be to transfer more political commitment and money from military security to non-military security.

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_11_03/Syria-says-Kerry-statements-threaten-peace-talks-5696/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_29/Damascus-to-send-delegates-to-Geneva-2-despite-opposition-boycott-Syrian-Ambassador-3579/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_31/Russia-proposes-to-hold-a-meeting-in-Moscow-with-Syrian-members-of-govt-and-opposition-MFA-2646/

Latest News Syria: Geneva 2

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Photo: European Parliament, Brussels - Guy Verhofstadt pleading for weapons deliveries to the so called opposition groups (Al Quaeda, Top commander of foreign-backed militants in Syria Brigadier General Idris). Belgian former Prime Minister Verhofstadt who is leader of the group of liberals within the European Parliament and still pleads for military intervention in Syria. has good relations wiith the Belgian and European weapons industry.  It is this kind of politicians which are reponsible for the terrorist attacks in Syria.

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November 3, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) - A mortar shell fired by terrorists landed in a textile factory near Mar Elias church at the entrance of al-Dweil'a neighborhood in Damascus on Sunday, causing huge fire in the factory, but no one was hurt.

A source at the Police Command told SANA that the factory was completely burned down and the fire spread to a number of shops and a workshop for assembling cars.

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The source added that firefighters managed to extinguish the fire, pointing out that the fire caused large material damage to the shops in the site with no human casualties.

The source added that firefighters managed to extinguish the fire, pointing out that the fire caused large material damage to the shops in the site with no human casualties.

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B. Mousa/ H. Said

http://213.178.225.235/eng/337/2013/11/03/510542.htm

Latest News Syria: Russia, Japan


Nov 2, 2013

Tokyo, (SANA)_ Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that there are attempts to distort the meaning of the US-Russian initiative on holding Geneva 2 international conference on Syria .

"There are too many games around this initiative. There are attempts if not to derail the process completely , then to distort the meaning, to send it off onto the path that is too unrealistic and will prove to be a dead end," Russia today quoted Lavrov as saying in a joint press conference with in Tokyo on Saturday following his talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

Lavrov hailed Tokyo's confirmation on its intention to adopt the policy of active peace.

For his part, Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida stressed that Moscow supported the idea of Japan's participation in the international conference on Syria.

H. Zain/ Mazen

http://213.178.225.235/eng/22/2013/11/02/510298.htm

http://russiancouncil.ru/en/inner/?tag_4=syria#top

02-11-13

Geneva-2 preparations Syria: Moscow unhappy

Russia and Syria

21 October, 2013

Moscow unhappy with intention of Friends of Syria Group to discuss Geneva-2 preparations separately

Moscow is opposed to unofficial discussions on the Syrian settlement and is surprised that preparations for the Geneva-2 conference has been declared as a part of the agenda of the Friends of Syria Group meeting in London on October 22, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"We have always aspired when working on Syria to act as a consolidated platform and to avoid various unofficial - separate, to be precise - discussions. The UN Security Council Resolution 2118 passed on September 27 namely calls for joint work. The fact that the agenda of the meeting mentioned includes preparations for the international conference on Syria, raises questions," the Russian Foreign Ministry quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying in a statement posted on its website.

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_21/Moscow-unhappy-with-intention-of-Friends-of-Syria-Group-to-discuss-Geneva-2-preparations-separately-0631/

http://syriatimes.sy/