FM Condemns In Strongest Terms killing Of prisoner Abu Hamdiya

DAMASCUS,(ST)-"The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry denounces in strongest terms the liquidation of the Palestinian prisoner Maysara abu Hamdiya at Israeli occupation jails as the occupation forces refused to medically treat him despite the deterioration of his health, "said a source at the ministry.

"Syria holds" Israel " full responsibility for the martyrdom of abu Hamdiya.On this painful occasion, Syria voiced solidarity with the martyr's family and reiterates solidarity with the Arab Palestinian people only to liberate their lands and regain their legitimate rights, "the source added.

The source underscored that the martyrdom of abu Hamdiya is a fresh crime to be added to Israel's criminality record which is full of violating international law and human rights in the occupied territories.

"Syria calls on UN to rapidly intervene to put an end to Israel's grave violations  and calling for exerting special efforts to defend the lives of Syrian and Palestinians and Arab prisoners at the Israeli jails, "underlined the source.

" what Syria is  currently facing of  conspiracies and terrorism with the aim of weakening its national role can't deviate its compass towards  the main Arab cause ,"concluded the source.


Russia, China Say UN Arms Treaty Vague, Lacks Consensus

MOSCOW, BEIJING, (ST) - Russia has stressed that the International Treaty for Regulating Arms Trade, approved by the UN General Assembly two days ago, needs more study as some of its articles are too vague, while China said that it lacks consensus which may expand differences.

The resolution adopting the landmark treaty was approved by a vote of 154 to 3, with 23 abstentions.

Syria, Democratic Korea and Iran voted against the treaty, while 23 countries abstained including Russia and China.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that additional study will specify whether joining the treaty will serve  Russia's interest or not. 

The statement pointed out that "the treaty is based on countries' commitment to set up regulations that control arms trade and illicit trafficking which may lead these arms to be at the disposal of terrorists and criminals who aim to escalate violence and armed conflicts."

It clarified that the control system has been active in Russia for a long time ago with higher standards than those provided in the treaty.

For its part, the Chinese Foreign Ministry stressed that China supported reaching a treaty “acceptable by all”.

AFP quoted the Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei as saying  at a regular press briefing that insufficient consensus “may expand differences and may even create confrontation which is not helpful to the effectiveness and universality of the treaty”.

 “It is because of the above that China abstained during the vote,” he added, pointing out that China's decision to join the approving of the treaty will be made in the light of developments in China and the international situation.

In a speech he delivered during UN General Assembly voting  on the draft resolution on the adoption of the draft Arms Trade Treaty, Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari said "we need a good treaty that we do not regret later that it is not politically exploited by some countries against each other.

Al- Jaafari said that Syria did not object to regulating the international arms trade, but opposed the draft because it did not refer to the arming of "non-state terrorist groups".

Some of the countries behind the draft treaty, he said, were "fully engaged in supplying terrorist groups in Syria with all kinds of lethal weapons".

H. Mustafa

Doha Summit decisions unveil crimes of backed terrorists

DAMASCUS(ST)-The Pan-Arab Popular Forum for Supporting Syria's Steadfastness denounced the decisions taken at the Doha summit which contradict the Arab League charter, go in line with the conspiracy contrived by the Gulf sheikhdoms and unveil the crimes perpetrated against the Syrian people and state.

During the expanded meeting held on Wednesday in Damascus with the participation of Syrian and Arab parties, organizations, forces, movements and figures,  the Forum said that the Arab League has become a place for laying down  plans against  interest of the Arab nation.

The Forum also highlighted the positions of Iraq and Algeria regarding the crisis in Syria  during the recent Arab League meeting, expressing  support for the political program for resolving the crisis in Syria through national dialogue.

Participants referred to the cooperation between  the armed opposition and Israel through providing it with weapons, treating injured terrorists in hospitals of occupied Palestine and facilitating the entry of Libyan gunmen through Jordan and Palestine to Syria. They also denounced the smuggling of terrorists from Lebanon into Syria.

The participants condemned silence of some Palestinian leadership regarding the heinous crime perpetrated by terrorist groups against Palestinians in Yarmouk camp and decried the  repressive practices of the regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar against their free men and the crimes of terrorists against the Iraqi people.

The Forum called on the international community to abolish the unjust sanctions imposed on Syria and Iran, criticizing the Human Rights Council’s unfair resolutions against Syria, calling for bringing Erdogan  and the rulers of Qatar and Saudi Arabia to justice on charge of committing crimes against the Syrian people and greatly damaging the Syrian industrial infrastructure.

The Forum hailed the steadfastness of Syria under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad, expressing  the honest Arab forces support for Syria in the face of conspiracies, challenges and dangers.

The meeting also dealt with current circumstances and its repercussions on the Arab and international arenas.


O. Al-Mohammad

Al-Halqi praises Arab intellectuals' abide by defending Syria

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Premier Dr.Wael al-Halqi underscored on Wednesday that Syria is facing a global political, economic, military and media war targeting its' vital role in the region.

Prime Minister praised national Arab intellectuals' adherence to defending Syria in international and Arab activities, stressed that Arab intellectuals have an important role in unmasking what is being hatched against the Arab nation.

Al-Halqi's remark was made during a meeting with Assistant Secretary General of the Arab Lawyers Union, Samih khris.

In the meeting, the PM said: "steadfastness of the Syrian people and their support for national army and leadership will foil the conspiracy," calling on all Syrians to take part in national dialogue to draw up bases for the country's future.

For his part, Khris appealed to all honest Arabs to defend Syria as it is the last citadel of steadfastness and resistance in the Arab region.

Ministerial committee meets DVP

Later on, the Premier, who chairs the ministerial committee tasked with materializing the political plan, and the committee's members held talks with members of the Democratic Vanguard Party's politburo.

The two sides exchanged opinions to guarantee success of the national dialogue conference and all steps adopted by the government to pave the ground for implementing the endorsed three-stage political plan to resolve the crisis.

The party's Secretary General, Nofal Nofal told reporters after the meeting that there is a dire need for spreading dialogue and tolerance among all Syrian people.

The ministerial committee includes Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministers of Information, Justice, National Reconciliation, Transport, Industry, Red Crescent Affairs, and People's Assembly Affairs.


West Prepares Modified Libyan Scenario for Syria - Russian MP

The West might try implementing a modified "Libyan scenario" in Syria by supplying weapons to the Syrian opposition to oust the Syrian government, Alexei Pushkov, the head of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, said on Tuesday.

Rebels in Libya, some of them members of Islamist groups, ousted and killed Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011, after a months-long conflict  in which they received assistance from NATO forces,according to RIA NOVOSTI.

 “The political maneuver phase has come to an end, and the West is starting to implement a modified Libyan scenario in Syria, which is to ouster the Syrian government by supporting rebels and providing them with weapons,” Pushkov said.

According to Pushkov, France and Britain already voiced their intentions to begin arms supplies to terrorists in Syria in late May. Although not influencing the conflict in Syria directly, the United States, he said, is playing the role of coordinator and organizer.

 “It is no secret that American military instructors are training militants at bases in Jordan,” Pushkov said.

Last week, The New York Times reported that the United States has been assisting Turkey and Arab nations in boosting their arms deliveries to Syrian rebels in recent months.

Washington insists that it is providing only nonlethal aid to the insurgents, but concedes that some of its allies opted to deliver weapons to the rebels seeking the Syrian government's ouster.