Syria regrets Switzerland-led campaign in the UNSC

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Syria regrets that some states insist on not recognizing its duty to protect its people from terrorism imposed on it from abroad, the Expatriates and Foreign Ministry said.

In a letter sent on Friday to the International Security Council's Head, the FM said: "The Syrian government shares the states, which asked the UN Security Council to refer the Syria crisis to the International Criminal Court, concern over humanitarian situation in Syria and the terrorist groups' violation of human rights."

But it regretted that these states persist in adopting a wrong approach as regards their rejection for recognizing the Syrian state's duty to protect is citizens from terrorisms.

It underscored that some of the signatories of the letters sent to the UNSC to refer the Syria crisis to the ICC are funding, training and sheltering the armed terrorist groups.

"Those states' support for the armed groups is being covered by political and media campaigns to protect the groups' crimes and to sully the Syrian state's image through accusing it of these crimes," the FM letters read.

'Unjust' campaign

It also regretted that Switzerland, which was known as a neutral and objective state, has led the 'unjust' campaign against a UN state member (Syria) and defends the terrorist groups' acts.

"This campaignstresses once again hypocrisy and double- standard policy of the signatories regarding the crisis in Syria and the international human rights laws in general. They voice concern over the Syrian people and international human rights law disregarding the support being offered to the armed terrorist groups," said the ministry.

It asserted that some signatories are directly supporting the armed groups and hamper the Syrian national dialogue that aims to solve the crisis according the political plan outlined by President Bashar al-Assad.

The Switzerland-led campaign won't contribute to ending the humanitarian suffering or halting the violations against the international humanitarian law and international human rights law committed by the armed terrorist groups," the ministry said.

Rather, the Ministry added, these groups would find in this move a form of support for them and for their practices as well as more legitimacy for further killing and destruction.

The ministry called for putting pressure on the states that support terrorists to halt doing that, lift illegal and immoral sanctions imposed on Syria, and stopping 'Fatwas' that justify killing in Syria.

The ministry noted that Syria has formed a' national independent and honest' investigation committee to probe human rights violations committed by both civilian and military people, stressing that the formed committee is following up its work across Syria and ensures accountability for all violations.

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Iran, China commend President Al-Assad's plan

Iranian and Chinese foreign ministry officials have  announced that the initiative set forth by President Bashar Al- Assad to settle Syria crisis is realistic.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affaires, Hossein Amir Abdollahian told IRNA after his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi that both Iran and China commend the Syrian president for the peace initiative to end bloodshed,according to IRNA.

He said that during the talks and consultations with Chinese officials in Beijing there were discussions on the Middle East and Gulf developments, including Syria and Bahrain crises.

"We believe that the Syrian issue is on the road to progress and we should help people of the country, while supporting a political settlement offered by Bashar Al-Assad."

He referred to close stand of Tehran and Beijing on international developments and said, "Both countries are seriously calling for non-intervention of the foreign governments in Syria, and end to the terrorist measures and border control."

Abdollahian said that the Islamic Republic of Iran strongly supports people of Syria.

He said that military and security moves are doomed to failure and support of certain countries for terrorist groups have had no other outcome but heavy fatality and damage to infrastructure of Syria.

He added that in consultation with the Chinese officials there appeared consensus that should focus on further concentration on the political strategy.

"Iran and China also agreed that the peace plan presented by Bashar Al-Assad considered the political strategy, cessation of violence and border control as a realistic plan."

The official said that among other issues discussed with the Chinese officials were related to Bahrain.

Abdollahian said, "We are highly concerned that lethal chemical gases are used against people of Bahrain and human rights violations are growing."

"Necessary warnings have been issued to Bahrain rulers over recent months through international circles. We believe that alike Syria, the strategy in the country is merely political and must be directed toward national dialogue."

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Mushaweh opens reading house in old Damascus

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Houses of Syrian prominent figures are to be reading houses to disseminate culture within a new project launched by the Ministry of Culture.

Dr.Lubana Mushaweh ,the  Culture Minister, on Wednesday opened the Hall of Scholar Mohammad Saeed al-Orfi (member of Arabic Language Academy in Damascus).

The Hall located in Qanawat alley would include rooms to show issues of the Syrian Writers General Commission to revive old cultural traditions such as "Katatib", "al-Hakawati" and magic box.

The scholar's family wanted to immortalize him through taking part in the national project that seeks to revive heritage and to spread culture in Damascus alleys.

The family would rehabilitate the hall, which includes unique antiques, to attract children to read books and learn simple handcrafts.

Moreover, the hall would include a shop for selling the Writers Commission's issues.

The Scholar Saeed al-Orfi was born in DeirEzzor city in 1896 and worked as Mufti of Euphrates Valley. He took part in the 1919 revolution against the British colonialist. 

In 1942, he was elected as a member f the Arab Scientific Academy in Damascus.

Al-Orfi spoke several languages fluently and wrote a number of books.

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Not condemning terrorist crimes in Syria 'immoral', says FM

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ The blacklisted al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra  has perpetrated new terrorist crime against the Syrian citizens who staged protests to call for the departure of terrorists from their suburbs.

In two identical letters sent to the International Security Council and the UN Secretary General, the Syrian Expatriates and Foreign Ministry said: "al-Qaeda organization is continuing its criminal terrorist acts in Syria through Jabhat al-Nusra (terrorist tools of al-Qaeeda organization)."

The organization detonated two booby-trap cars on January,16th, 2013 in Idleb province (Northwestern Syria, near Syria-Turkey borders) killing at least 22 citizens, injuring another 30 ones, causing heavy material damages .

According to SANA, the letters noted that the two explosions come after the tragedy of shelling Aleppo University by the armed terrorist groups where 87 students and citizens were martyred.

The ministry also cited that, over the last weeks, the Syria law-enforcement units have succeeded to save life of hundreds of Syrian citizens through foiling dozens of suicide operations targeting cities ad villages.

It clarified that the suicide operations recently took place in Idleb province aimed to take revenge of the citizens, who took part in protest marches two days ago against the presence of terrorists In their area.

"The terrorist operations mainly seek to silence the voices that call for halting terrorism and violence in Syria," the ministry said, stressing that those voices appealed to the international and regional powers to stop backing terrorism.

Syria restated its determination to implement the UN resolutions related to combatting terrorism, including the UN resolution No.1373 stipulates for stop funding and supporting terrorist acts.

It underscored need for combatting terrorism whose catastrophe excludes neither countries nor individuals.

"Preventing the UNSC from condemning the terrorist acts could be only described as an 'immoral' stance and encouragement to the terrorist groups to go ahead in killing and destruction," the ministry said.

It added that the Syrian government has outlined its political plan based on national dialogue to resolve the crisis n the Syrian Arab Republic.

The national dialogue to be launched among the Syrians and under Syria's leadership is the only way to achieve stability and security in Syria, region and the world, according to the ministry's letters.

Syria hopes that countries, which practice double- standard policy and bias towards criminals under false pretexts, would reconsider their stances and join principle of right, justice, combatting terrorism, slamming it, and adopting necessary steps to prevent it.

Yesterday, the ministry addressed two letters to the UNSC about the terrorist groups' crime in Aleppo University. It called on the UNSC members to condemn the savage crime.

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Lavrov: Statements Blaming Syrian Government for Aleppo blast "blasphemous"

 

 

 

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, (ST) – Russia's Foreign Minister Sergi Lavrov on Thursday strongly criticized US statements blaming the Syrian government for the terrorist act which targeted Aleppo University on Tuesday claiming the lives of more than 80 people.

 He described the statements as "blasphemous".

 In a news conference in the Tajik Capital ,Dushanbe, Lavrov said he yesterday watched a report on the CNN claiming that the Syrian government forces are responsible for Aleppo criminal blast.

 "I can't imagine any thing more blasphemous," Lavrov told reporters.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Russian foreign ministry blamed the armed terrorist groups for the explosion.

 Replying a question on whether the difference in interpreting Aleppo events may affect the Russian-US relations, Lavrov pointed out "I can't understand how a terrorist act be a pretext for differences," stressing that presidents of many countries as well as the United Nations have described what happened in Aleppo as a terrorist act.

 The Russian top diplomat reiterated that Moscow was against the Swiss initiative on referring the "Syrian file" to the International Criminal Court.

 "We should answer the question: What is more important for us?" If the most important for us is to condemn someone, then it's one logic," Lavrov said, stressing that the most important issue is to focus on halting violence.

 

H. Mustafa