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S. Nasrallah Welcomes Dahiyeh Measures, Says Ruweis Attack Culprits Identified

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah lauded on Monday the deployment of security forces in the southern suburbs of Beirut (Dahiyeh) as a positive step hoping the State would bear its responsibilities and duties towards all Lebanese regions.

In a televised speech broadcast at Al-Manar TV, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah had contacted the state since the explosion took place in Dahiyeh, noting that the state said it needs time to carry out its responsibilities and not because we have failed, and the problems that happened were normal and anticipated when we endured responsibility for security .

Hezbollah S.G. said Hezbollah took serious responsibility since August 15 when Ruweis attack took place because of a security vacuum in the country and statements were issued rejecting autonomous security. “We also reject autonomous security and this has never been part of our agenda and we did not practice it and when we took security measures that was because we had to prevent the entry of booby-trapped cars.”

 “Some went on to accuse Hezbollah of practicing autonomous security as part of our ‘statelet’, but today’s deployment refuted their claims because Hezbollah would have rejected this measure if their claims were true. We had asked the official bodies to take over the reins from the outset,” His eminence said.

Sayyed Nasrallah called on all Dahiyeh residents and passers-by to show the highest levels of cooperation, respect, acceptance and responsiveness to the security measures and provide all the assistance and support needed to help the security forces perform their mission.

As he assured that the State is solely responsible and must definitely extend its authority in all regions, Sayyed Nasrallah hoped these security forces and state authorities will shoulder their full responsibility and assume all the intelligence and preventative missions as well. “Only the state is responsible for security in all regions and we will leave any point to which the state might send forces. Today it happened in Dahiyeh and tomorrow it might happen in Baalbek and we welcome any efforts that contribute to the success of the mission.”

His eminence addressed some sides that condemned Hezbollah’s measures in Dahiyeh, saying: “I feel that those people are delighted with the killing of people in Dahiyeh, Tripoli and elsewhere, it is regrettable that hostility reached to that level of thinking.”

Sayyed Nasrallah thanked the Palestinian factions and especially the families of martyr Mohammad Samrawi over their noble stance on the regrettable incident in Burj al-Barajneh.

On the investigations after Ruweis attack took place, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “As promised, we reached decisive results concerning the perpetrators of Ruweis attack. It’s a Takfiri party that is affiliated with the Syrian opposition and which is based the Syrian territories, and the same results were reached by local security apparatuses. All the details were passed on to the relevant authorities, which must take the necessary measures, especially against the perpetrators who are inside Lebanon.”

The S.G. denied accusations that the Syrian government handed chemical weapons to Hezbollah and said that this accusation is funny.

 “The U.S. defense secretary said after reaching an agreement with Russia that chemical weapons should not be transferred to Hezbollah and on the next day some Syrian Coalition officials claimed that the Syrian government has transferred chemical arms to Hezbollah and some officials claimed that we have received a ton of chemical agents,” his eminence said. “It’s funny, it’s not like transporting wheat or flour. Unfortunately, some parties in Lebanon launched a media campaign and said they fear that the chemical weapons might be transferred to Hezbollah,” Sayyed Nasrallah noted, saying he understands the backgrounds of these serious accusations which have serious repercussions on Lebanon, and stressed that “Hezbollah did not ask our brothers in Syria to transfer such weapons and will not do in the future.” 

 “Some friends advised me not to comment on these claims as part of psychological war against enemies, but I rejected that because Hezbollah has religious taboos with the use of such weapons and using this as psychological warfare is not an option,” S. Nasrallah added.

On the scuffle that erupted over claims Hezbollah was installing a telecom network in Zahle, Sayyed Nasrallah denied these claims saying Hezbollah has never sought to install such network in Zahle. “This does not exist today and will not exist in the future. The Bekaa and Baalbek are part of the battle with the enemy and we need to have communications with the Baalbek-Hermel region. Years ago, we extended a cable at the outskirts of the city of Zahle and not inside it, it’s a cable for connecting lines. What happened few days ago was that Hezbollah young men were doing maintenance for the cable.”

Unfortunately, the S.G. said, some parties were launching a mock battle to what happened in Zahle and were seeking stunts and illusionary heroism. “The head of one of March 14 parties said that Hezbollah’s wired telecom network breaches the privacy of people. I hope that he asks any security official to explain to him about our network which is incapable of spying on anyone.”

Concerning the national dialogue, Sayyed Nasrallah said Hezbollah supported Speaker Nabih Berri’s initiative, “but we have heard calls for boycotting and setting conditions for dialogue. When the national dialogue table was held the other team disrupted it and required the resignation of Mikati in order to return to it and the government’s resignation they did not return to dialogue.”

He pointed out that Hezbollah will participate in the dialogue called for by the Lebanese President, and said: “Let’s discuss the intervention in Syria, and who did so. Isn’t it considered intervention the writing of speeches and statements urging [US President Barack] Obama to launch a military attack on Syria which if it had taken place would have serious repercussions on the world and especially Lebanon? We want to discuss on the table whichever is the most dangerous, appealing to Obama to intervene in Syria or what our young people are doing in Syria?” referring to former PM Fuad Saniora’s op-ed published by the Foreign Policy magazine recently.

 “Those who are obstructing dialogue in Lebanon are well-known and we are willing to participate in the dialogue regardless of who would take part or not.”

On the issue of the delayed formation of the Lebanese government, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the interest of the country requires that March 14 stop stalling and form a national unity government based on real political weight of each party and urged them to stop betting on regional developments.

 “Despite Lebanese consensus on the need to form a government, it has yet to be formed because from the first moment Tammam Salam was designated as PM, Al-Mustaqbal Party and some of its allies said they don't want the participation of Hezbollah in the government,” S. Nasrallah said, noting “they said they accept the participation of Hezbollah on two conditions: no tripartite formula, no to the guaranteeing one-third. However, we set one condition overtly and clearly that each political party should be represented according to the size of its Deputies.”

 

“We reject the three-8s (8-8-8) formula because it’s unrealistic. The PM-designate is part of March 14 coalition and the minister whom he will nominate would be committed to his political decision, that means March 14 will have 10 ministers not 8.”

Hezbollah leader said some Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia, are insisting on accusing Hezbollah of occupying Syria and building on this to say that what is happening in Syria is not a conflict of countries, projects and nations, but rather a conflict against an “occupation force” which the Arab States should help to confront. And on such accusation they took retaliatory steps against Hezbollah. “In this context, March 14’s Veto on the participation of Hezbollah is Saudi and punishing the Lebanese in the Gulf is under the title of punishing Hezbollah.”

 “Is it reasonable to believe that Hezbollah has the ability to occupy Syria!” his eminence wondered, announcing that Hezbollah’s contribution with the Syrian army is modest. “Isn’t Syria occupied by the tens of thousands of fighters you brought from all countries? And today the Syrian Coalition began to raise the voice against them.” [Turkish President Abdullah] Gul was told that the Pakistani scenario will be repeated in Turkey because of its intervention in Syria, he said.

Sayyed Nasrallah called upon Saudi Arabia, Gulf States and Turkey to review their positions on what is happening in Syria, saying “betting on the military option in Syria is futile.” “The salvation of Syria and the peoples of the region will be only with the political solution. The continuation of fighting in Syria will not lead to the goals you are looking for.”

Concerning the Bahraini crisis, the Secretary General said Bahrain regime’s insistence on criminalizing communicating with Hezbollah is a political position. “We are not surprised by the position of the Government of Bahrain in describing Hezbollah as terrorists. We supported the peaceful revolution in the Gulf country and then Manama expelled the Lebanese living there!”

While insuring that the decision of the Bahraini opposition is internal and independent, Sayyed Nasrallah said Iran does not interfere in the course of the situation in Bahrain, urging Muslim scholars and states to react to confront repression in Bahrain as mosques are being destroyed and clergy men are forced in prisons.

Source: Al-Manar Website, Batoul Wehbe

M. Wassouf 

Al-Hamwi calls on quelling Zionist entity violation in occupied Golan

Geneva ,(ST)-Syria condemned the Israeli occupation authorities' dishonoring commitments towards the Human Rights Council and its rejection to attend its meetings, as well as its indifference to submitting its report in the comprehensive periodical review in this respect.

Syria reiterated its commitment to chapter 7 of the Council's charter related to the human rights condition in occupied Palestine and the Arab territories, including the Golan.

Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Dr. Faisal al-Hamwi stressed that Syria, backed by all countries who believe in  human rights, will continue to pursue the occupation at the Council and other international forums to put an end to the violations of human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan and coerce Israel to implement the Council's decisions.

In a statement delivered in the name of Syria during the Human Rights Council's deliberations pertaining to chapter 7 of the Charter, Al-Hamwi urged all countries of the world to boycott Israeli manufactured goods in the Israeli settlements as they are considered by the international law as stolen merchandise from the Arab inhabitants in the occupied territories.

The Israeli occupation continues its human rights violations in occupied Golan, greatly depending on the US support and the reticence of other countries to these crimes, atrocities and malpractices perpetrated   by Israel.

 ''Israel, according to the convictions of the US and some countries, has a special status that places it above the international law and the international human rights law, and beyond all responsibility and accountability,'' al-Hamwi said.

Al-Hamwi expressed keenness to remind of the Syrian prisoners in Israeli jails and the severe conditions they are facing, the incessant settlement operations, Israeli attempts to alter the demographic diversity in Golan; and defacement  of its cultural character and the appropriation of Golan wealth and water, also denying the Syrian Golan locals the visitation right to relatives in motherland Syria and their right to education and health.

O. Al-Mohammad 

Lavrov: CSTO Supports International Efforts to Settle Crisis in Syria

 

MOSCOW-Moscow expects the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to support international efforts towards a peaceful settlement in Syria, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to the Voice of Russia.

"We are worried about the Syrian situation both because of the negative implications for the entire region and the negative consequences for the international legal system. As you know, there is a need for the soonest possible solution of challenges with regard to dialogue and the problem of chemical weapons. I think we should actively support international efforts concerning Syria today," he said at the opening ceremony of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers' session on Monday.

China's FM: International Community Should Reach Consensus on the Issue of Chemical Weapons in Syria as Soon as Possible

In New York, Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, has said China is willing to send experts to join the process of inspecting and destroying chemical weapons in Syria.

According to China Central Television (CCTV), the remark was made during the talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Syria at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

During their meeting, Wang said China supports the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to carry out its work in an objective, fair and professional manner. Wang said at present it is important for the international community to reach consensus on the issue as soon as possible, to send out a message of unity.

He has also stressed that the attainment of a political settlement for the ongoing crisis in Syria should be advanced at the same time.

H. Mustafa

Obama administration won't admit that its strategy in Syria is a complete disaster

Al Qaeda has a chemical weapons program, revealed in a United States Attorney's case, reported on CBS. This has real implications for the Obama administration's Syria policy of supporting militants that include Al Qaeda groups.  It also raises questions as to who perpetrated the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on August 21.

In their rush to war, the Obama administration downplayed the importance and the numbers of Al Qaeda fighters involved in the attack on Syria. Kerry told Congress that Al Qaeda constitutes just 15% to 25% of the militants attacking the Syrian government. That's at odds with many observers of the war who maintain Al Qaeda is the best performing fighting force among the opposition groups.  The dominance of Al Qaeda was demonstrated this week when the Al Nusra faction in Syria attacked and expelled the "opposition groups" in the Turkish border town of Azaz.

The Obama administration just can't admit that its strategy in Syria is a complete disaster.  As a result, facts like these go largely unmentioned:

•           Al Qaeda has a chemical weapons program

•           Turkish prosecutors charged Syrian Al Qaeda group, Al Nusra, with attempting the purchase of chemicals to make sarin gas.

•           Sarin gas was one of the chemical weapons the United Nations report said was used in the August 21 attack.  

Somebody needs to tell President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry that winning isn't everything.  They've lost their bid to have Obama use Zeus-like power to rain down destruction on the Syrian government and people.   They were saved from a certain defeat in Congress on their attack Syria authorization bill.  Vladamir Putin stepped in just before the Senate vote and saved Obama's presidency by coming up with the disarmament option.  Yet, with all of this, the administration continues to peddle an incomplete story on what is really happening on Syria.

This prevents the public from knowing the risks of continued arming of the opposition groups faction.

How hard will it be for Al Qaeda to get the weapons the United States is providing the opposition groups, when Al Qaeda violently evicts them from a key border city?

What will happen if the administration provided US weapons give Al Qaeda enough of an edge to capture some of the chemical weapons sites that the Syrian government is going to hand over to Russia under the UN agreement?

What dangers to the United States are posed by a chemically armed Al Qaeda

These are questions that require answers right now.

Source: usgovernmentportal.com

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Russian foreign chief Sergei Lavrov says US ‘overtly blackmailing’ Moscow on Syria

The US is trying to blackmail Russia and the world by forcing its upside-down Syria peace scenario on the international community, Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday in an interview to the country’s main TV channel, Channel One,according to Voice of Russia.

The foreign chief accused Washington of excessively politicking the crisis in Syria. He said the US was using the civil war in the Middle East to “assert its supremacy” in order to make the region “dance to their tune.”

Mr. Lavrov stressed this approach had nothing to do with the long-overdue peace process and the Russia-backed plan to take away chemical weapons from the Syrian government.

The foreign minister called on the US to come to terms with the fact that the world had become “polycentric” and it was not good forcing America’s opinions onto it.

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