Towards a National Charter of Honor

All plans by the parties responsible for the ongoing twenty two months old Syrian crisis to overthrow the Syrian government, undermine the state, hit the national unity and weaken the army have been destined to failure, as the Syrian leadership and people have been able to win complicated battles at several fronts.

The leadership has acknowledged the need for renewing the political structure of the state, so, a parties law was issued to make an essential change and widen the circle of political partnerships. More importantly was the formulation of a new constitution as a turning point in the state’s political life based on new democratic and institutional principles that restructure power in accordance with honest parliamentary elections in which all political and social parties take part and which guarantees that the democratic result will be the only standard for drawing a new political map which gets its legitimacy and strength from ballot boxes.

The Syrian leadership continued to respond positively to the requirements of the crisis. In his latest historical speech on January 6th  , President Bashar Al-Assad specified the basic elements for an exit from the crisis and drew a road map towards a future Syria where all have the opportunity to take part in figuring the country’s political features and identity throughout wide national dialogue comprising all components of the Syrian people and which leads to a new social cohesion on which all the Syrians agree.

Consequently, through its positive response to the crisis requirements, the Syrian leadership has been able to uncover the stances of some opposition parties which reject political solution first, by snatching the claimed “reform card” from their hands and heightening the reform ceiling to a degree agreed on by all the Syrians within a national charter of honor and second, by uncovering some opposition parties’ limitless cooperation with foreign forces which aim to implement domination schemes in the region in general and in Syria in particular. This sort of cooperation had led these parties to lose their alleged credibility and social presences among their supporter whom they bet on from the very beginning and whom they were able to move under false slogans like “reform” and “freedom”.

At present, the opposition which refuses political solution, in addition to all its supporters are in a real trouble, particularly after President Al-Assad has launched a national initiative and after the Syrian leadership has accepted the principle of political solution as stressed by the latest Geneva meeting.

As all ways before the opposition parties, which refuse political solution, are blocked, the final option before them seems to be giving up their dreams and political aspirations, engaging themselves in an all-out national dialogue, being active inside Syria and joining the country’s political and democratic process after announcing their complete boycott to foreign forces and stopping all forms of violence and armed action which only serve the enemies of the Syrian people.

 

Dr. Khalaf al-Miftah

Translated by H. Mustafa

Velayati Backs Syrian Government against Foreign Plots

 

Supreme Leader's Advisor for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati renewed Iran's support for the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the  government as part of the resistance front against Israel in the Middle East,according to FNA.

"The main reason behind our focus on the Syrian issue is to prevent the fall of the resistance line against Israel. If the Syrian government falls the resistance line against "Israel" will break up," Velayati said on Sunday.

He warned against the foreign plots aimed at toppling the Syrian government, and reiterated that the fall of the government will be harmful to the anti-Israel resistance.

"Certain reactionary states like Qatar supplied terrorists [in Syria] with arms, and with the aim of overthrowing the Syrian government …recruited gunmen from Somalia and Afghanistan to commit massacres and this is an indication of foreign conspiracies," Velayati said.

Velayati underlined that nobody outside Syria is allowed to decide for the Syrian leadership to stay or to leave.

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Political Program Ministerial Committee: Prompt Measures to Visit Refugee Camps in Neighboring Countries

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has stressed the integrated role of all components of the Syrian society in implementing the political program proposed by President Bashar al-Assad to settle the ongoing crisis in Syria and attain security and stability in the country.

Chairing the meeting of the Ministerial Committee in charge of implementing the political program with Chairman and members of the Higher Relief Committee on Sunday, al-Halqi hailed the Committee's efforts to provide relief services, shelters and humanitarian assistance to families displaced as a result of terrorist groups' acts.

Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Chairman of the Higher Relief Committee Jasem Zakaraya presented the committee's memo which provides for the procedures it intends to adopt in coordination with the government and civil society bodies in order to implement its mission in accordance with the government's program.

Decisions made in the light of discussions are:

 Completing the building of a data base for families living out of makeshift shelters in all governorates.

 Tasking the Ministry of State for the Syrian Red Crescent Society Affairs and the SRCS with enhancing cooperation with the International Red Cross and Crescent Committee in order to assess the number of the victimized families out of Syrian borders and starting to adopt immediate procedures to visit refugee camps in neighboring countries aiming to communicate with Syrian families, assure them, urge them to return to their safe homeland and provide them with requirements of good life.

 Tasking the Higher Relief Committee with adopting all measures aiming to ensure shelters necessary for the return of terrorism-hit families living outside Syria.    

 The government should be ready to compensate the returning families for the damages caused to their houses.

 Tasking the Committee with adopting a unified relief card and specifying the basic needs of the displaced families.

 Urging the Committee to adopt necessary procedures to guarantee the arrival of the aid to the targeted families.

The Higher Relief Committee comprises representatives of people's organizations, vocational unions, SRCS, civil society associations, the Syrian Family Affairs Commission, the Syria Trust for Development in addition to representatives of the ministries of interior, health, local administration, education, national reconciliation, utilities and social affairs.

H. Mustafa

Al-Mikdad: Government Keen to Relief Victims of Terrorist Acts

DAMASCUS, (ST) – The government spares no effort to relief victims of terrorist acts and to provide them with basic needs despite all the obstacles facing it as a result of some countries' "support for armed terrorist groups aiming to destroy the Syrian infrastructure mainly oil pipelines, roads food stuff with a direct help from the Turkish government," Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Faisal al-Mikdad said on Sunday.

During his meeting with John Ging, Director of the Coordination and Response Section at the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the accompanying delegation, al-Mikdad hailed the "role that can be played by the UN and its concerned agencies in conveying humanitarian assistance to and providing financial and moral support for terrorism victims to surpass the crisis, in implementation of the government's decision."

Al-Mikdad condemned the Turkish piracy which targeted more than 1000 factories and silos in Aleppo aiming at supporting terrorists.

He reiterated the important role the UN can play to "face and uncover the unfair West- imposed economic sanctions which impoverished the Syrian citizens and influenced their ability to confront the crisis caused by the United States and its allies.

Al-Mikdad affirmed the importance of the political program announced by President Bashar Al-Assad, particularly regarding the issue of facilitating the arrival of humanitarian assistance to victimized Syrians who left their homeland because of bloody events, referring to the Syrian government keen efforts as regards implementing the items of this program.

For his part, Ging stressed the "UN keenness to implement its humanitarian mission neutrally and away from any political considerations", confirming the positive cooperation between OCHA and the UN agencies on the one hand and the Syrian government and concerned parties on the other.

Ging stressed the importance of discussing all issues in coordination with the Syrian government within the framework of respecting the country's independence and sovereignty.

On the other hand, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Jasem Mohammad Zakaraya discussed with the UN Response team the conditions of the victimized Syrian families and the services provided to them by the government or by the Higher Relief Committee.

The Minister said the government intensified its efforts to convey humanitarian assistance to terrorism-hit citizens neutrally. He pointed out that the government is keen to alleviate the suffering of the victims and create suitable circumstances to help them return to their original residence areas.

 

H. Mustafa

Al-Mikdad: Government Keen to Relief Victims of Terrorist Acts (2)

DAMASCUS, (ST) – The government spares no effort to relief victims of terrorist acts and to provide them with basic needs despite all the obstacles facing it as a result of some countries' "support for armed terrorist groups aiming to destroy the Syrian infrastructure mainly oil pipelines, roads food stuff with a direct help from the Turkish government," Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Faisal al-Mikdad said on Sunday.

During his meeting with John Ging, Director of the Coordination and Response Section at the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the accompanying delegation, al-Mikdad hailed the "role that can be played by the UN and its concerned agencies in conveying humanitarian assistance to and providing financial and moral support for terrorism victims to surpass the crisis, in implementation of the government's decision."

Al-Mikdad condemned the Turkish piracy which targeted more than 1000 factories and silos in Aleppo aiming at supporting terrorists.

He reiterated the important role the UN can play to "face and uncover the unfair West- imposed economic sanctions which impoverished the Syrian citizens and influenced their ability to confront the crisis caused by the United States and its allies.

Al-Mikdad affirmed the importance of the political program announced by President Bashar Al-Assad, particularly regarding the issue of facilitating the arrival of humanitarian assistance to victimized Syrians who left their homeland because of bloody events, referring to the Syrian government keen efforts as regards implementing the items of this program.

For his part, Ging stressed the "UN keenness to implement its humanitarian mission neutrally and away from any political considerations", confirming the positive cooperation between OCHA and the UN agencies on the one hand and the Syrian government and concerned parties on the other.

Ging stressed the importance of discussing all issues in coordination with the Syrian government within the framework of respecting the country's independence and sovereignty.

On the other hand, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Jasem Mohammad Zakaraya discussed with the UN Response team the conditions of the victimized Syrian families and the services provided to them by the government or by the Higher Relief Committee.

The Minister said the government intensified its efforts to convey humanitarian assistance to terrorism-hit citizens neutrally. He pointed out that the government is keen to alleviate the suffering of the victims and create suitable circumstances to help them return to their original residence areas.

 

H. Mustafa