Moment of Truth by Belgian MP

Belgian MP Laurent Louis, has condemned his country's support for extremist groups in Syria, describing it as shameful.

In a recently posted You Tube video, MP Loius regretted the Belgian government's decision to offer 9 million Euros to armed terrorist groups aiming to overthrow the Syrian leadership. He also explained why he voted against the Belgian support to the France-led war on Mali.

He said his government shamefully contributes to financing and arming the terrorists in Syria while an increasing number of Belgians are suffering difficulties in ensuring housing, food, heating means and health care.

"Of Course, they will try to make us believe that this money will be used for humanitarian purposes, which is a big lie," the Belgian MP added.

He pointed out that his country shares Western efforts to install extremist regimes in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East and expressed his disgust and wrath against the criminal foreign policies of the Belgian elite and its submission to foreign financial interests.

"It is not true that they went to Mali to fight terrorism. The real purpose is to defend their financial interests within an absolutely neo-colonialist plot," the MP said, pointing out that he couldn't find any sort of harmony between going to Mali to support France's war against terrorism on the one hand, and supporting extremist groups aiming to overthrow the Syrian leadership and impose the Sharia law exactly as they did before in Tunisia and Libya on the other.

"Everywhere in the world, military operations and regimes destabilization are becoming more and more frequent. Preventive war has become the rule. Nowadays in the name of democracy or war against terrorism, our states feel entitled to violate the sovereignty of independent countries and overthrow legitimate leaders," he said.

He stressed that Belgium has become in the front line participating in crimes against humanity in order to overthrow progressive and moderate regimes and to replace them with extremist ones, whose first desire was to impose Sharia law, referring to the wars of American lies in Iraq and Afghanistan which are followed by destabilization attempts in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

 He pointed out that the purpose of the war on Mali is to fight against China and allow the American ally to maintain its presence in Africa and the Middle East.

"You will see that when the military operation is over, France will, of course, keep its military bases in Mali. These bases will be an advantage for the Americans as well. At the same time, as is usually the case, Western firms will get their hands on juicy contracts that will once again deprive the re-colonized countries of their wealth and raw materials," the MP said.

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President Al-Assad Issues Decrees Establishing Ministries, Naming New Ministers


 DAMASCUS, (ST) - President Bashar Al-Assad on Saturday issued Legislative Decree No. 15 for 2013 on the establishment of two ministries; the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Labor.

The decree separates between the issues of social affairs and those of labor which were connected with one ministry called the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor.

President Al-Assad also issued decree No. 61 of 2013 naming Eng. Hussein Farzat as Minister of Housing and Construction Development, Eng. Hussein Arnous as Minister of Public Works, Dr. Hasan Hijazi as Minister of Labor, Eng. Ahmad al-Qaderi as Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Eng. Suleiman al-Abbas as Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Dr. Ismael Ismael as Minister of Finance and Dr, Kinda al-Shammat as Minister of Social Affairs.


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Government continues talks with opposition parties

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Dr. Wael al-Halqi regularly stresses that Syrian government is serious in taking all necessary measures to launch national dialogue.

Prime Minister, who heads the ministerial committee recently formed to follow up implementation of the endorsed three-staged political plan, said the government is communicating with all political and social parties inside Syria and abroad that believe in national solution to surpass the crisis in the country.

The remark was made on Thursday during a meeting with the "3rd Bloc for Syria" (a political party). This meeting comes within the framework of preparatory measures to launch national dialogue.

The Bloc's Head, Mohammad Mazen Mograbeyeh, stressed support for the political plan based on dialogue and reject foreign meddling in political affairs, according toSANA.

Members of the Bloc underlined need for lifting economic sanctions imposed on Syria, controlling reach of humanitarian aid to affected people, clarifying mechanism of compensation, and appealing to opposition parties abroad to return home and practice political work that doesn't contradict national sovereignty.

Thus far, the committee has held talks with several political parties, separately, to reach common viewpoints about dialogue and briefed them about procedures being adopted to push ahead with preparation for national dialogue.

The procedures include guarantees to those who want to back home and take part in the dialogue, ensuring shelters, and dealing with detainees and abductees file.

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.




Bogdanov: some partners encourage Syria opposition to reject dialogue

MOSCOW,(ST)_Mikhail Bogdanov restates that the only way to solve the crisis in Syria is through dialogue in which all parties, without exception, are taking part.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister told the RT that his country seeks to help Syrians build their future according to national reconciliation and civil peace.

"The final communique of the Syria Action Group's meeting held in Geneva is the basis that has no alternative to bring about a solution to the crisis," Bogdanov said, noting that some partners in Geneva have encouraged Syrian opposition to reject dialogue.

"Russia has proposed different ideas about how to implement Geneva communique, which unanimously approved, and has done its utmost to start dialogue. Some issues have to be defined by the Syrians themselves when all parties' representatives start dialogue,"

He criticized the partners who have encouraged opposition to say no to dialogue and to use violence. "This is highly regrettable," said the Russian official.

In addition, Bogdanov noted that the UN Security Council has refused Russia's call for endorsing Geneva communique, expressing his pain over what is going on in Syria as regards destruction of infrastructure and attacking historical sites.

"We see that comprehensive national dialogue, without excluding any party, is the only way out..of course we are not talking about terrorists and extremists who do not understand the language of policy and tend to solve their problems through only violence and killing," Bogdanov said.

Responding to a question about selling Russian weapons to Arab States, Bogdanov said that this topic has nothing to do with the states' internal problems.

"Military and economic cooperation between Russia on one hand and Syria and Iraq on the other is traditional and does not aim to fuel internal conflicts. Rather it aims to boost defense ability of these two states to confront any foreign attack," Russia's Deputy FM said.


Mikdad briefs Chinese Foreign Minister on situation in Syria

Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal Mikdad met on Wednesday  Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in the Chinese capital Beijing.

"China is open to any solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria, as long as it is widely accepted by Syrians,"said Yang.

"China holds an objective and justified position on Syrian issues and is positive about and open to any solution widely accepted by Syrian parties," Yang told Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad,according to Xinhua.

Miqdad came to Beijing on Monday for a four-day visit.

Yang said the situation in Syria is at a critical juncture and pushing a political solution at an early date is an urgent task.

He urged Syrian parties to decide on realistic and operable steps, start political dialogue and carry out a political transition process in accordance with the Geneva Communique issued by the Action Group for Syria.

Miqdad briefed Yang on Syria's current situation and Syria's proposal to end the conflict in phases.

According to Miqdad, the Syrian government would like to observe the spirit of the Geneva Communique, carry out its proposals and work with Brahimi and ensure the transportation of humanitarian aid throughout Syria.