BRICS Summit Stresses Adherence to International Justice, Peace

DURBAN, (ST) – Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS Grouping) kicked off their summit on Wednesday in the South African capital Durban.

Opening the summit, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa said that BRICS group enjoys a huge international presence and "we are looking forward toward attaining further cooperation to achieve more progress and development in our countries."

The Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed "we must adhere to international justice and peace in the light of the world challenges. We hope that everlasting peace and happiness will be attained to all people, so we need to enhance cooperation, and peace not violence and wars." 

The aim of the summit is to achieve integration, partnership and cooperation among BRICS countries on the one hand and between the BRICS Group and other countries of the world.

Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed that working with BRICS countries is one of the Russian policy's priorities and that the group has to use its potentials to enhance its international position in the world.

He stressed the need to have more interaction with the United Nations and to hold a joint meeting to discuss ways of combatting terrorism in the world.

He expressed Russia support for joint BRICS projects, stressing that expanding dialogue in different domains will strongly push the group forward.

For his part, Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh said that BRICS states have been keen to tackle the challenges facing their cooperation, pointing out that the agreement on establishing BRICS development Bank has left the door widely opened for new prospects of cooperation.

"We have to work together to make political and economic reforms in the international institutions, particularly the UN Security Council, to help them be more qualified to reflect facts," Singh added.

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil said that BRICS countries constitute a big part of the world's population.

"We are strong enough to achieve distinguished presence in the international arena," she stressed.

H. Mustafa

Gone With the Wind

Undoubtedly, the US is not interested in halting the ongoing crisis in Syria. But if things go in contradiction with its staunch ally in the region, Israel, then the ugly face of the US Administration will be unveiled.

Others, who do believe that they have deep ties the US are nothing but puppets and mere tools.

 The US thinks that it has two chances of what is going on in Syria: they believe that the current situation will strongly contribute in weakening the sole stronghold in the region that resists the Israel's project .The US has also another precious chance concerning getting rid of extremists of al-Qaeda through sending them to Syria.

Hence, when the Syrian army has the upper hand in the field and the political solution chances approach, we find an unprecedented media, political and diplomacy escalation in a bid to destroy Syria.

Actually, statements released by officials from ex-colonialism states as regards arming terrorists are not fresh as arming terrorist groups never stops.

The said statements urged terrorists to perpetrate heinous crime to the extent that they used chemical weapons against the Syrians.

France and Britain, indeed, are relentlessly running for a room in the rear seat of the Russia-US train.

The France-Britain policy towards Syria has urged the Arab League to give Syria's seat to the 'opposition'. This simply means that the US, which masterminds the play, lauded and praised steps to be taken regarding lifting embargo on weapons to be sent to terrorists in Syria.

To sum up, the vicious plans against Syria will go with the wind as the Syrians are insisting to defend their beloved homeland.

 

Ahmad Orabi Ba'aj

 

Edited and translated By: Mayssa Wassouf

Premier Appreciates True Media Coverage of Events in Syria

DAMASCUS,(ST) _Prime Minister Dr. Wael Halqi stressed the need that various  media  should demonstrate transparency, objectivity and credibility while covering  events in Syria, considering that  misinformation is one of the key levers of the global  war against the Syrian people.

During his meeting  with the delegation representing the German  "Jul A G" media  establishment, al- Halqi  expressed appreciation for the European and world  media which  conveys the true  events  happening in Syria to the  world honestly and sincerely in order to unmask the  reality of the war, hatched against Syria by  Arab and Western countries through sending  , takfiris and "al-Nusra Front " terrorists  to Syria to undermine her steadfastness and implementing  divisive schemes in the Arab region.

 

 He pointed to the  unjust western economic  siege against the Syrian people and held western governments responsible  for its consequences.

He stressed  that the democratic process is deeply rooted  in Syria , noting the  continuous strive to meet  the requirements of the Syrian people to judicial, administrative, social, economic and legislative reforms , reflected in  the political program  to  resolve the crisis and the government's bid to implement it  in collaboration with all  Syrians  who are keen  to maintain the  unity of Syria's land and people.

" In parallel , the government seeks to secure citizens living needs , including foodstuffs ,oil derivatives, electricity and medicines,  besides  working on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of what was destroyed by the  armed terrorist  Takfiri groups in various  country 's provinces." The Prime minister said.

For his part, the German media delegation indicated the   distorted image of what is happening in Syria as a result of misinformation and what they have seen  of firm solidarity between the Syrian army, people and leadership in confronting terrorist groups.

Dr al-Halqi  expressed hope that the visiting delegation will  convey the reality of what they have seen in Syria to the world, stressing that the Syrian people will emerge victorious,  thanks to cohesion between the  army , people and leadership in addressing this global war ,  drying the sources of terrorism and restoring  security and stability to Syria.

 

T. Fateh

Giving Syria's Arab League seat to"opposition", dangerous precedent: Iran

Iran has criticized the Arab League (AL) for giving Syria's seat to the foreign-backed opposition, warning that the move will set a “dangerous” precedence in the Arab world.

This hasty decision can turn into a new procedure and be applied to other Arab League member states in the future, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday,according to the Press TV.

    “This measure taken by the Arab League will be taken to mean the end of the [Arab] League’s role in the region,” he noted.

The Iranian official also advised Arab leaders to end their silence toward Israel's aggression and crimes and focus their efforts on supporting the Palestinian people.

Damascus has censured the decision and condemned the Arab League for giving the country's "stolen seat to bandits and thugs," Syrian government daily al-Thawra said in a report published on Monday.

Iraq and Algeria are the only countries that have expressed reservations about the decision, while Lebanon has opposed the move.

M.D

Iran Urges Int'l Community to React to Terrorists' Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Iran called on the UN to adopt proper measures to prevent terrorists from using chemical weapons against the Syrian people again.

Iranian top diplomat Ali Akbar Salehi urged the United Nations to condemn the use of chemical weapons by the terrorists against the Syrian nation.

In a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, he condemned the terrorist act of the terrorists in Syria in using chemical weapons against the nation, and called on the international body to adopt preventive measures to stop repetition of such accidents.

The letter, a copy of which was also sent to president of the UN Security Council, pointed to the massacre of a number of defenseless Syrian civilians in the city of Alepo by terrorist groups, and stressed that the act was a serious threat to the international peace and security.

Salehi said it also clearly negated the international legal norms, including the convention on banning the use of chemical weapons.

Salehi reiterated that Iran as the biggest victim of chemical weapons has always condemned the terrorist approach of the terrorists in  Syria and expected all governments and international organizations, including the UN to strongly condemn such behavior and spare no efforts to prevent its recurrence.

He also urged them to carry out an impartial investigation to find out supporters and sponsors of the inhuman act.

Noting that the crime was committed on the threshold of the third conference to revise regulations relating to the chemical weapons, Salehi emphasized the need for the thorough, effective and indiscriminate implementation of the convention by signatory countries, especially the absolute elimination of destructive weapons by their owners.

The letter concluded by stressing that use of chemical weapons by governments and dissident groups under any conditions was unacceptable.

Last Tuesday, terrorists fired a rocket containing chemical substances in the Khan al-Assal area of rural Aleppo and reports indicated that around 25 people were killed, most of them civilians.

On Wednesday, Syria asked for an independent investigation into the use of chemical weapons by militants in Aleppo.

Later, Ban Ki-moon announced the decision for conducting an independent investigation into the terrorist chemical attack.

M.D