Inquiry Commission's report on Syria 'biased', says al-Hamwi

GENEVA,(ST)_Syria has criticized the report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Syria as it is based on biased and wrong information.

Syria's Representative to the UN Human Rights Council said that the Inquiry commission on Human Rights in Syria, deliberately, turns blind eye to the Syrian government's documents and shed lights on biased information received from parties linked to the armed terrorist groups.

Dr.Faisal al-Hamwi said: "the commission has confessed that it conducted hundreds of interviews in the field or through skype with what it called "anti-government" eye-witnesses only inside Syria and abroad. It did not interview eye- witnesses,, who are not anti-government. So these witnesses based on the vision of one side are not credible and cannot be an evidence."

"It doesn't frankly refer to Qatar and Turkey"

The commission underscored that some states are funding the armed groups, but it did not mention the name of these states, Qatar on the top,in its report.

It also did not mention the name of Turkey, which has opened its border to enter weapons and mercenaries to Syria, despite the fact that the commission said that big quantity of weapons are being regularly smuggled via borders.

Deliberate ignorance

The commission, which also talked about deterioration of economic and human situation and destruction of infrastructure in Syria, did say nothing about the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front groups' intentional attack on services establishments and infrastructure.

The Syrian representative said that the commission ignored, in its recommendations, that unjust embargo imposed by some Arab and western states is behind the deteriorating situation in Syria.

"The commission said that it was difficult to communicate with families in Syria to reach a conclusion about responsibility of armed groups for the abduction. This contradicts what it said about conducting interview with eye-witnesses inside Syria",

He stressed that a Syrian national committee is investigating the crimes.

"If the commission insists on having the right to present recommendations encroaching the essence of international law, why it does not recommend putting Qatar and Turkey in the UN list of pro-terrorism states under the UN resolution No.1373 and other relevant resolutions?" the representative asked.

Conspiracy failed

He clarified that the main goals of the war on Syria are to fragment it and to end the Palestinian cause for Israel's interest, asserting the failure of the conspiracy.

"Syria, which is fighting terrorism, is ready at the same time to start national dialogue among Syrian people," al-Hamwi said.

Basma Qaddour

Government supports newly-formed parties, says PM

DAMASCUS,(ST)_The political plan-committee conferred on Sunday with Secretary General of the Arab Socialist Union Party and its politburo's members to bring about new ideas about national dialogue process.

The gathering, which SANA described as "fruitful", dealt with different ideas to translate national dialogue's goal into action.

Premier Dr. Wael al-Halqi, who chairs the ministerial committee tasked with implementing the endorsed political plan, talked in the gathering about the government's support for the newly-formed parties.

"The newly-formed parties, along with the Progressive National Front's parties and the NGOs, push forward the democratic political movement based on national principle, not meddling in Syria's internal affairs, and restoration of stability and security all over the country," the PM said.

The premier also talked about results of the previous talks held between the committee and different parties.

Al-Halqi noted that only wisdom could make the dialogue success.

In addition, he underscored that the government's priority is to ensure citizens' requirements to enhance their steadfastness, keep the national economy strong and combat corruption. 

The Arab Socialist Union Party's Secretary General, Safwan Qudsi, stressed the party's support for the political plan and measures being adopted by the government to make it success in order to save the country.

He criticized the previous economic policies that led to increase poverty among people of low-income in the country. 

The party's members presented their viewpoint about means of enhancing dialogue through studying the ongoing crisis, holding talks with all Syrian components, combatting corruption, and reactivating role of the PNF's parties.

Thus far, the ministerial committee held 26 meetings (including today's meeting) with political parties.

 It includes Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministers of Information, Justice, National Reconciliation, Transport, Industry, Red Crescent Affairs, and People's Assembly Affairs.

BasmaQaddour

Government supports newly-formed parties, says PM

DAMASCUS,(ST)_The political plan-committee conferred on Sunday with Secretary General of the Arab Socialist Union Party and its politburo's members to bring about new ideas about national dialogue process.

The gathering, which SANA described as "fruitful", dealt with different ideas to translate national dialogue's goal into action.

Premier Dr. Wael al-Halqi, who chairs the ministerial committee tasked with implementing the endorsed political plan, talked in the gathering about the government's support for the newly-formed parties.

"The newly-formed parties, along with the Progressive National Front's parties and the NGOs, push forward the democratic political movement based on national principle, not meddling in Syria's internal affairs, and restoration of stability and security all over the country," the PM said.

The premier also talked about results of the previous talks held between the committee and different parties.

Al-Halqi noted that only wisdom could make the dialogue success.

In addition, he underscored that the government's priority is to ensure citizens' requirements to enhance their steadfastness, keep the national economy strong and combat corruption. 

The Arab Socialist Union Party's Secretary General, Safwan Qudsi, stressed the party's support for the political plan and measures being adopted by the government to make it success in order to save the country.

He criticized the previous economic policies that led to increase poverty among people of low-income in the country. 

The party's members presented their viewpoint about means of enhancing dialogue through studying the ongoing crisis, holding talks with all Syrian components, combatting corruption, and reactivating role of the PNF's parties.

Thus far, the ministerial committee held 26 meetings (including today's meeting) with political parties.

 It includes Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministers of Information, Justice, National Reconciliation, Transport, Industry, Red Crescent Affairs, and People's Assembly Affairs.

BasmaQaddour

Hand –in –Hand with Syrian Army : Underscores SIC

DAMASCUS, (ST)- "defending the unified Syria and the Syrian people is a duty on all Syrian people as it is a duty on the Arab, Islamic countries as well," affirmed  the Supreme Iftaa Council in the Syrian Arab Republic.

"We appeal to all people in Syria to stand hand-in hand  with the Syrian Arab Army.. we call on all Syrian people to join the army and defend the Homeland which is blessed by heaven," the council underlined in a statement released on Sunday.

The council branded those who are  against the Syrian Arab Army as traitors and amount to high  treason as  help weaken the army which has prepared and still prepares for the decisive war against Zionists and those who support them.

"Military service is a national, faith duty that we should keep to protect the blood of innocents and sanctity of the land,"concluded the statement.

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Philippine Deputy Foreign Minister: we thank Syria for cooperating to release UNDOF observers

DAMASCUS, (ST)-Philippine Deputy Foreign Minister Rafael Seguis expressed his country’s gratitude and appreciation to Syria for the support and cooperation offered for releasing the UNDOF Filipinos observers who were kidnapped by an armed terrorist group that violated the disengagement area.

During the meeting held on Sunday, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad said that Syria is known in fulfilling and respecting  its obligations and the international legitimacy, and in its keenness for the safety of the UN forces, reiterating  that it has cooperated with UNDOF over forty years and will continue to do so.

Mikdad reffered to the threat posed by the presence of these armed groups in the disengagement area to the lives of UNDOF forces and the Syrian citizens living there , which in turn requires the UN to shoulder  its  responsibilities in directing  a clear  message to these groups and their supporters to pull out of the area for  avoiding  a repetition of such  incidents, not just to issue truce statements.

Talks during the meeting also centered on the situation in the region, during which Dr. Mikdad presented an explanation of the political program for solving the crisis in Syria that the government is working to implement.

 Dr. Mikdad stressed that this program expresses Syria's belief in dialogue for reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.

At the end of the meeting, Seguis offered condolences of the Philippines government and people over the victims of the terrorist bombings occurred in Damascus, hoping Syria would get out of its ordeal through dialogue and peaceful solutions.

Directors of the Consulate Department and Asia Department at the Foreign Minister attended the meeting.

Inas Abdulkareem