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Abduction of bishops 'foreign-backed terrorist act', stresses Damascus


DAMASCUS,(ST)_Syrian Arab Republic is to go ahead with confronting the organized Takfiri terrorism that targets its national unity, Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said.

In a letter sent to the UN Security Council about abducting two Syrian bishops by al-Nusra Front-affiliated armed terrorist groups, the ministry said that this terrorist crime is part of the terrorists' practices that target coexistence and tolerance in Syria.

The letter clarified how the two bishops were abducted, reading: "On April 22, 2013, an armed group led by Chechen terrorists from al-Nusra Front intercepted the car and forced the Syriac Orthodox bishop of Aleppo, Msgr. Youhanna Ibrahim and the Greek-Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskenderun, Msgr. Boulos al-Yazigi to get out of the car."

The terrorists killed the deacon driver and abducted the two bishops, who were carrying out humanitarian mission in Aleppo countryside, the ministry's letter added.  

It appealed to the UNSC to issue a clear  statement stressing the international community's rejection of such crimes and determination to hold perpetrators of these crimes and those who support them accountable.

"The political settlement based on national dialogue between Syrians and under Syria's leadership requires pressing the states, which support these groups, to stop fueling violence and terrorism," the ministry concluded.

On the other hand, the ministry criticized as 'unjustified and clear bias' ignorance of the political program outlined by the Syrian Arab Republic on January, 6th, 2013, noting that the Syrian opposition has no other political program based on national dialogue and under Syria's leadership to build the country's future. 

Brahimi must be neutral broker

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry described, in a statement issued today, the UN Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi's speech before the 15-member council on Friday, as an intervention in Syria's internal affairs.

It underscored that Brahimi must be honest and neutral UN broker and abides by the UN charter and international law. "He must realize that only the Syrian people have the right to decide their future and select their representatives without meddling."

The ministry added that Brahimi mustn't be biased towards any side, especially if this side consists of al-Qaeeda-linked groups and practices terrorism against the Syrian people.

UN Envoy only

"Syria cooperated and will cooperate with Brahimi as a UN Envoy only because the Arab League takes part in conspiracy against Syria, the ministry's statement said.

It added: "If Brahimi wants his mission to be success, he has to work with involved parties to halt violence and unmask the role of some European states- particularly France and Britain- plus Turkey and Arab states- Qatar and Saudi Arabia- in supplying terrorists."

Basma Qaddour




GWU have vital role in consolidating dialogue, says al-Halqi

DAMASCUS, (ST) – "the popular organizations have a vital role boosting dialogue in the society  especially the role of the General Women's role,"said Prime Minister al-Halqi.

Al-Halqi's remark came during a meeting on Wednesday with members of the executive bureau of the GWU delegation headed by Chairperson of the Union Majeda Quteit in the presence of  The ministerial committee which entrusted with materializing  the political program for resolving the crisis in Syria.

Premier al-Halqi ,chairman of the committee briefed his guests on  the steps taken by the Committee and the meetings it held in order to prepare an appropriate condition  for making the upcoming dialogue conference a success..

For her part,, Quteit underscored the GWU 's support for the government in its efforts to restore security and stability and rebuild Syria.

The GWU Members of the executive bureau made their visions for the upcoming dialogue conference concerning  the need to develop legislations which concern women's issues such protecting  their rights, expanding the  social security to include families of martyrs, and providing support for people affected by the current events, in addition to enlisting the Union in the national reconciliation programs.


Larijani: Enemies plan to create more troubles in Syria

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani in a meeting with visiting Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Ilyas Umakhanov said regional and trans-regional enemies are planning to create more troubles in Syria.

Larijani stressed that the status quo requires continued cooperation and extensive consultations between Tehran and Moscow.

Referring to Iran-Russia age-old friendly relations, he called for continuation of mutual cooperation and consultations between the two countries.

He said Iran and Russia, both, have common interests and concerns, calling for expansion of mutual cooperation in the campaign against drug trafficking at the regional and international levels.

Larijani also emphasized the need for fostering trade ties as well as military and industrial cooperation with Moscow, adding Iranian parliament supports expansion of long-lasting relations with Russia in the area of economy, trade and industry.

Umakhanov, for his part, described Iran as a vital country in the region, adding a bright future awaits mutual relations given Iran-Russia deep-rooted friendship.

He said Russia and Iran share close stance on regional and global developments, voicing Russia's unchangeable support for the Iranian nation's rights.


MP: Any military action against Damascus will not be limited to Syria

Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Broujerdi said Zionist regime officials fully understand that any military action against Damascus will not be limited to Syria but it will trigger an all-out war in the region.

Making the remark in a press conference to outline the achievements of his recent visit to Syria, he said that given the failure of the Zionist regime in its last wars against Hizbullah it has no energy to engage itself in another one presently.

Stressing that Syria is in the focal point of resistance against the Zionist regime, he said the US and its allies are mobilizing all their financial and political sources to transform its political structure in order to benefit the Zionist regime.

Broujerdi stated that the US and a number of western countries, contrary to all their claims of fighting terrorism, are dispatching armed terrorists from 23 world countries to massacre the Syrian nation and destroy its infrastructures.

He said attempts to ruin Syria’s infrastructures especially the military ones proves the Zionist regime's direct involvement in war there.

He reiterated that the US has recently opened a new front against Syria along the Jordanian border to provide training and arms to terrorists, adding that opening a new war front indicates that the US feels defeated in changing political system in that country.

Turning to a recent meeting called “friends of Syria” in Turkey, he said it hosted enemies of Syria with only 11 countries participating in it instead of the previous 100. Such a move indicates the gradual decline of the support for anti-Syria forces worldwide, he added.

Asked to comment on ways Iran and Russia are supporting the Syrian government, he said given the fact the Syrian crisis mainly includes terrorist operations and street wars, the capacity and potential of Syrian army is untouched yet so the country is practically in no need of military aid by other countries.

The parliamentarian dismissed claims of military support of Iran and Russia for Syria as a propaganda war and said the US is fabricating such news to justify its own failures.


Information Minister: Media Plays Major Role in War against Syria

MOSCOW, (ST) –The media war, Syria has been facing, is based on preventing the country from getting the modern technology necessary to broadcast facts and real information messages about what is really going on in Syria, said Information Minister Omran al-Zou'bi on Wednesday.

"Syria is being exposed to a real aggression in which the media plays a main role and the armed terrorist groups act as a military arm to destroy Syria," the minister said in a press conference in Moscow, affirming that many states are directly involved in supporting these groups.

Al-Zou'bi, who referred to the Arab and international technological ban which prevents the development of the Syrian media broadcast, said that tens of satellite channels and public relations companies are highly paid to contribute to implementing a conspiracy aiming to demonize the Syrian state and its establishments.

He pointed out that many of the journalists, who were wounded in the war waged against Syria, had entered the country illegally, stressing that the Syrian armed forces didn't target a single journalist directly neither through arrests nor through fire shooting.

He also said that Syria wants the mass media to broadcast the reality of events in the country without fabrications or falsification, pointing out that the Information Ministry had given permission to more than 300 media outlets from different countries to enter Syria.

Replying a question on the Arab League's (AL) recent decisions on Syria, the minister said the AL can't grant legitimacy to any party, as it is a functional institution which has so far failed to implement any of its adopted economic, social or political decisions.

"It is a fake organization which was undermined after it had granted Syria's seat to the so-called "Doha Coalition"," the minister said.

He stressed that Syria appreciates the supportive stances of the Russian people and leadership "who realized from the very beginning what is actually going on in Syria and who understood that certain organized intelligence parties and narrow-minded forces with special agendas are seeking to destroy Syria and undermine its role.

"There is a mutual keenness to further reactivate the Syrian-Russian military, humanitarian and economic relations," the minister said.

The Information Minister said that his visit to Russia was made at the invitation of the Russian State Duma, adding that during the visit he met many Russian friends as well as academic and political sides to talk on the situation in Syria and ways of enhancing the Syrian-Russian ties.

He pointed out that his talks with Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov dealt with the latest political developments and the field operations in Syria, in addition to the Syrian government's efforts to implement the political program to solve the crisis in the country.


H. Mustafa