Moscow alarmed by use of chemical weapons by terrorists in Syria

The use of chemical weapons by the Syrian armed opposition brings confrontation in that country to a new level, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"Information  coming  from  Damascus  indicates  that  the  use  of chemical weapons  by the  armed opposition  was recorded  in the  Aleppo province early on March 19," the ministry said in a statement  available on its website.

Moscow sees  this  fact  as  "a  new  and  extremely  alarming  and dangerous turn in the events in the crisis in  Syria."

"We are extremely, seriously concerned by the fact that weapons  of mass destruction have gotten into  terrorists' hands, which is  worsening the situation in  the SAR  even more  and brings  confrontation in  this country to a new level," it said.

In light  of the  incident, Moscow  once again  urged all  sensible forces in  Syria  to stop  violence  and  switch to  real  steps  toward political settlement at the negotiating  table, as is envisioned by  the Action Group's Geneva communiqué dated June 30, 2012.

The Russian Foreign Ministry possesses information indicating  that a detonation of a war gas ammunition round not far from Aleppo killed 16 and injured about 100 people.


Margilov: BRICS States Rejects Foreign Intervention in Syria

MOSCOW, (ST) – Russian President's  Special Envoy to Africa Mikhail Margilov has stressed that BRICS  states don't accept any kind of foreign intervention in Syria's internal affairs.

Russia Today quoted Margilov as saying on Tuesday to journalists that the forthcoming summit of the BRICS states, scheduled on March 26 and 27, will discuss the crisis in Syria and the principle that the Syrians themselves can solve their problems and that international community should help the Syrian achieve this goal.

The Russian president's envoy reiterated that the history of all BRICS countries has nothing to do with colonialism as they don't interfere in the internal affairs of the African countries and don't impose democracy by force.

He pointed out that the summit will also discuss the situation in Afghanistan and the Iranian nuclear file.



Terrorism Supporting Countries Responsible for Khan al-Asal Crime- Information Minister

DAMASCUS,(ST)- Minister of Information Omran al-Zou'bi   today (Tuesday) held countries which armed the opposition responsible for  the massacre  took place in Khan al-Asal in Aleppo, stressing that terrorists firing a missile containing chemicals from Kafr Dael in al-Neirab area against Khan al-Asal area in Aleppo constitutes a dangerous escalation.

In a statement to reporters today  the minister said that the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and chiefdom  of Qatar bear legal, moral and humanitarian responsibility   for the crime committed by the terrorists in Khan al-Asal ,  resulted in killing  16 civilians and wounding  86, mostly in critical conditions, pointing out that this crime is the first effects of the  Arab League Council's  resolution at the ministerial level.

The Minister continued that  the international community and countries that finance , arm and harbor terrorists, should be held responsible for   this crime  in which terrorists used a prohibited weapon , according to  the rules of international law, stressing that the use of this internationally banned  weapon is a grave change in the events happening in Syria at the security and military levels.

The minister noted  that committing such a crime made  the Syria government  entitled to act according to the rules of international law and appeal  to international and regional organizations to  prosecute and complain against  states that armed the  opposition with  internationally -prohibited weapons.

Earlier in the day, terrorists  fired one missile  containing chemicals in Khan al-Asal area in rural Aleppo.

Preliminary information indicated the attack resulted in killing 16 persons, mostly civilians  and wounding many others.



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Al-Jafaari: Syria Supports International Community Free from the Use of Force

New York ,(ST)- Syria 's Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar Al- Jaafari voiced  Syria's full support to global inclination to build an international community free from the use of force, threat , governed by UN Charter 's  principles and purposes based on justice, equality and peace and  Syria 's willingness to participate in any international effort to achieve that goal and commitment to come up with a final document to meet the aspirations of our governments and our peoples.

In  a statement he read before the UN closing conference on  Arms Trade Treaty, started on Monday at the UN  Headquarters in New York Al-Jafaari said: "any future treaty on the arms trade should reaffirm the right of States under UN  Charter specifically Article 51 in the acquisition of all means they deem appropriate to maintain national security and defend itself and  emphasis on the right of peoples under foreign occupation for self-defense and self-determination,  besides the treaty should definitively  prevent  Member States  from providing weapons to armed terrorists under any pretext."

"At a time when the treaty of non-proliferation and disarmament faces enormous challenges in terms of implementation , there are  efforts seeking to create a new system to promote arms  sale competitiveness by a limited number of  weapons producing countries." He hinted .

Jaafari stressed that any measures to control arms and transparency through a selective approach will not represent a balanced and comprehensive input , rather  hamper the international community's commitment to  full disarmament.

Jaafari said that, for decades , Israel relied on what it calls the  diplomacy of  weapon, pointing out that Israel 's internationally proved  involvement in the illegal arms trade in the world encourages the phenomenon of international terrorism and protects drug gangs and separatist movements in the world .

AL- Jaafari  indicated that the failure of the preparatory meetings of  July 2012 conference  to reach an agreement on the objectives and purposes of the treaty explains the  nature of challenges facing this conference where many pertinent  topics should be handled  with clear transparency .

"Any concluded treaty must be made by consensus and complies  with the provisions of the Charter and should not be a tool for political and economic exploitation and an outlet for intervention in the internal affairs of States."Al Jafaari reiterated.

He  stressed  that the  treaty  should explicitly ban arms supplies to  terrorist groups armed but from States, pointing out that this assertion comes as a result of what Syria is witnessing of events targeting  its people and culture in order to eliminate its  constructive role at the Arab, regional and international levels.

He indicated  the terrorism and sabotage  imposed on  Syria , based on takfiri  and extremist  fatwas issued by agitators  hosted  by Arab , regional and western countries and that this terrorism is performed  by  terrorist groups led by al-Nusra Front and the likes of groups linked to al Qaeda , adding that  these organizations  can not operate without funding, arming, training and shelter provided by a number of Arab , regional and international sides.

"It is a matter of deep concern ,  the recent statements  made by many  countries to provide and increase the level of arming for terrorists fighting  in Syria,  with their  prior knowledge that many of their Salafi and extremist  countrymen are joining them to what they believe  as   a Jihad that they will eventually bring back to their  countries of origin later in the form of armed terrorism and we have to remember what happened in New York, London, Paris, Madrid and other cities. "

He continued that  "Such  acts are  incompatible with what is  stipulated in dozens of international conventions and treaties on combating terrorism of prohibiting  financial ,military , and logistical support to terrorists besides   dozens of resolutions issued by the UN Security Council in particular resolutions 1373, 2001 and 1624  of  2005."

"These terrorist groups carried out a large number of operations and terrorist bombings on the entire Syrian territory, resulted in killing or wounding thousands of civilians, using weapons it received   from parties that become known to all." He added

"The  Arms Trade Treaty, which  we  all seek to reach by consensus should  ensure  for us  and the world not to permit  access any type of weapons to  armed groups, mercenaries and terrorists only from States  , weapons that pose a threat to  national, regional and international peace and security." Al-Jafaari emphasized.


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Al-Halqi: Syria confronts global war

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Prime Minister said on Monday that Syria has faced over the past two years a global war that aims to put aside its pivotal role in the region and weaken the national army in order to serve Israel's interest.

Dr.Wael al-Halqi told a Russian delegation, who is visiting Syria, "The armed forces would go ahead with doing its national duty as regards protecting citizens and fighting terrorism to restore stability and security across Syria."

He underscored that Syrian leadership is open to all initiatives that seek to solve the crisis politically in a way that guarantees Syria' sovereignty, independence and unity, and rejects all forms of foreign meddling and violence. 

Al-Halqi also talked about what has been achieved so far to launch national dialogue.

On the other hand, the premier cited strong ties between the two countries (Syria and Russia), highly appreciating Russia's firm stance towards the events in Syria.

Since the very beginning of the crisis, Russia has rejected foreign meddling in Syria's internal affairs and called for reactivating dialogue process among all Syrians.

Syria's economy 'immune'

As for economic situation in Syria, al-Halqi stressed, once again, that the Syrian economy is 'immune', noting that the government ensures all needs of citizens despite the unjust blockade imposed on Syria.

He added that the terrorist groups being supported by some Arab, regional and western countries target the county's infrastructure (oil pipelines, power plants, factories, schools, hospitals, shrines, and public and private establishments).

The Russian delegation voiced solidarity with Syria in confronting conspiracy that targets Syria's steadfastness, calling on all world people to back Syria.

The delegation headed by Alexander Prokhanov, the 'Zavtra' magazine's Editor in-chief, includes reporters, intellectuals, and political analysts.

Foreign meddling steps up crisis

In a separate meeting with Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, the Russian delegation stressed their country's rejection for foreign meddling in Syria's internal affairs.  

Dr. Faisal al-Meqdad said that foreign meddling fuels the crisis in Syria, noting the role of Turkey and some Gulf States in training, sheltering, arming and funding the armed terrorist groups.

He asserted that the strong ties between Syria and Russia are based on firm principles related to respect international law, combat all forms of terrorism, and achieve stability and security in the region and the world as well.

Basma Qaddour