Arms Trade Treaty should Ban Arm Supplies to "terrorists" and "non-state groups"- Al-Jaafari

 NEWYORK ,(ST)_ Syria 's Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said  that Syria is  among the  UN  Member States, which   always seeks  legalizing arms trade, because  of the risks imposed by  illegal trade of weapons on international peace and security.

During the closing session of the UN Conference on arms trade Treaty , which was held in New York on March  18 to 28 , al-Jaafari noted the efforts made to bring differences and contradictions together  between the delegations to reach an  Arms Trade Treaty draft text  that gets everyone   consensus .

Al-Jaafari continued  that as the Syrian delegation spared no efforts  to bring views together , it finds itself  compelled to register objection to the text of the debated  treaty for the following reasons:

First , the treaty ignored the proposal made by several countries including Syria  to the inclusion of a reference in the text to peoples inalienable  right under foreign occupation to self-determination .." As you know, Israel still occupies Arab territories in the Syrian Golan, Palestine and Lebanon."

Second ,  selectivity in arms control measures and transparency do not represent a balanced and comprehensive input , a matter which will  hinder achieving the international community's commitment to disarmament in an  impartial manner.

Third , In its current form the treaty constitutes  , an interference in the authorities  of the UN Security Council.

IV / The treaty is not consensual in its current form as it did not take into account the attitudes and opinions of many countries, including the delegation of Syria.

V / The text does not include an  explicit clause referring to the categorical prohibition of supplying weapons to "terrorists" and "non-state groups."  The omission of this serious issue which my country suffers from  as  some countries are  supplying terrorist groups with weapons can not be acceptable to Syria, particularly in light o several  Member States  violations of the provisions of the UN Charter and the principles of international law on the  involvement of Arab , regional and western  authorities in smuggling illegal weapons to Syria in order to undermine any hope of a peaceful political solution to the crisis in Syria, according to UN Security Council resolutions 2042 and 2043.


VI / The treaty omitted the introduction of a special section on definitions to address some ambiguities about the concepts and terms stated in the text of the treaty.

VII / The treaty ignored a very important subject, which is  the  internationally compatible and identified  crime through  a resolution  at the UN General Assembly No. 3314 of 1974.


Al- Jaafari expressed the true desire of the Syrian  delegation follow-up  serious negotiations on an Arms Trade Treaty  that ensures balance, equality and justice among nations and strives to maintain international peace and security, rather than undermining in a  way or another the security and peace of many member states and ignore their fundamental  national interests .


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Iranian Deputy FM Describes Arab League's Decision on Syria as "Improper"

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian described the Arab League's decision to grant Damascus' seat to the Syrian opposition coalition outside Syria as an "improper move", saying that the measure merely serves the interests of the western countries.

Amir Abdollahian has made the remarks in a meeting with Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim here in Tehran,according to FNA.

"Granting Syria's seat in the Arab League to a group that doesn't have the nation's direct vote is an improper measure," Amir Abdollahian said.

Earlier this week, Amir Abdollahian criticized hasty measures taken by certain countries by giving the Syrian government's seat at the Arab League to unauthorized people, saying the Arab League set a precedent against international norms.

He criticized the Arab League for working in harmony with the western governments to serve their goals in the Middle East.

Amir Abdollahian highlighted inaction of the Arab leaders toward the plight of Palestinian people by the occupying regime of tel aviv and said that if the Arab Leaders were wary of human rights violations, why they kept silent toward bloodshed of Palestinians in the past several decades.

The action was interpreted as the end of the role of Arab League in the region, he noted, adding, "It would be better if the Arab Leaders drew attention to defending oppressed people of Palestine vis-a-vis the occupying regime of tel aviv."


LAS summit decisions on Syria mean refusal from peaceful settlement there - Lavrov

The decision of the League of Arab States (LAS) to recognize the Syrian opposition as a legitimate representative of Syria means that the LAS has given up the course to a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"To tell the truth, we perceived the results of the LAS summit in Doha with regret. We view the essence of the decision made there in the fact that the League of Arab States refused a peaceful resolution," Lavrov told a news conferenceوaccording to the Voice of Russia.

Judging by  the decision  made  in Doha,  one  tries to  decide  on Syria's future outside of the country,  he said. "The decision that  the National  Coalition  of  Syrian   Opposition  is  the  only   legitimate representative of the Syrian people, of course, crosses out the  efforts that have been made so far,  including the agreements reached in  Geneva on June 30 last  year," Lavrov said,  noting that the  LAS took part  in that meeting.

 The Geneva agreements provide  for negotiations between the  Syrian government and opposition, he said.  "The recognition of one  opposition structure as  a  sole legitimate  representative  of the  Syrian  people crosses this all out. It turns out that in the eyes of the LAS not  only the Syrian government  but also other  opposition structures,  including the ones that act inside Syria, are illegitimate representatives of  the Syrian people," Lavrov said.

"It turns out that  one tries to decide  on Syria's future  outside Syria, at meetings  between foreign  countries and  the external  Syrian opposition, while the opinion of those who think that the government and internal opposition represent  somebody too is  totally ignored. We  are alarmed by this," Lavrov said.

Moscow also paid attention to  the breach of procedures for  making decisions in the LAS,  he said. "We also  noted that not everything  was smooth from the procedural  point of view, because  not all LAS  members supported the decision. And one needs  a consensus, if my memory  serves me right, in  order to expel  a government  from the league  and give  a place that belongs to Syria to an opposition structure," Lavrov said.


Attacking Residential Areas Aims to Step Up Terrorism- Al-Zoubi

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Information Minister Omran Al- Zoubi said the terrorists targeting  residential areas, schools, universities and  hospitals by  mortar rounds  is implemented by  at external command to step up terrorism  in parallel with the Arab League  giving Syria seat to " Doha coalition ".

In an interview with the Syrian TV on Thursday  Al-Zoubi  added : The goal of this terrorist escalation is to suggest that terrorists are attacking the center of the capital , that the State is unable to protect civilians , and to   intimidate people to stop their work to suggest that terrorists are almost  achieving the goals of their aggression on Syria.

Syrian Arab army is in its best situation

The minister pointed out that  the Syrian Arab  army is in its best situations and the Syrian people are keen for their country  and of  morale high , noting a crucial decision  taken by the Syrian army ,people and the leadership to defend  the country until Last Minute.

The minister indicated that  Qatar, Turkey and some  Arab and Western intelligence put their  weight and stakes in one final  desperate attempt to dismantle and foil  the Syrian state , adding that   Qatar violates  all  international resolutions issued by the Security Council on combating terrorism,  and the US  and its  allies are hiding from that  because Qatar pays the price and  at the same time implements a larger agenda.

 AL decision to give Syria's seat to foreign opposition is illegal

The minister said that Arab League AL   decision to give Syria seat to a group of  foreign opposition is illegal, noting that this summit was held in Qatar and under the hegemony and domination of its money , a matter which  allowed it to kidnap the AL  and act as if the AL is one of the  companies owned by the  Qatari Prince .

Al-Zoubi continued that Qatar gave a building to the coalition and called it  "the Embassy of the coalition" which is not the headquarters of the Syrian embassy where the flag of  the Syrian Arab Republic is still hoisted.

Al-Zoubi pointed out that there should not be  any talk  about any Arab role in resolving the crisis in Syria , since  it does not make sense to contribute to a solution to a problem by providing  arms to one of the parties , inciting violence and sending  terrorists.

BRICS group as a great world power at all levels, is fair and objective

Minister Al-Zoubi  continued that BRICS group  is  a large , fair and objective global force all levels, whose countries have clear and transparent  positions over  what is happening in Syria ,  built  on refusing  to intervene in the  Syrian internal affairs and non violation of national sovereignty of countries .

The Minister of Information noted that the ministerial committee in charge of implementing the political program to resolve the crisis held dozens of meetings with national figures  and forces ,and  took many decisions and that President Bashar al-Assad gives his observations and guidance  on daily basis on the mechanism of action and the importance of achieving  effective steps.

" We are in a hurry and very committed to this dialogue and we sent  open ,honest and transparent invitations   for all opposition at home and abroad to participate in the dialogue and convene preliminary  meetings in order to identify their vision ."  the minister stressed.

The Minister explained  that the use of  chemical weapons  by terrorist groups in Khan al-Asal in Aleppo was a grave development, which came as  a punishment for the people of the area  , who one day before , held a  march in support of the Syrian army  and that  it was  an attempt to accuse the Syrian Arab army of using  this weapon.

Al-Zoubi  said that the Syrian leadership had enough courage to ask  the UN for  investigation in this regard and that  the government  documented and prepared  all evidences  for submission to the UN Commission in this regard.

He indicated that  the assassination of scholar  Mohammed Saeed Ramadan Bouti  was one of the most serious humanitarian ,national, religious and political assassination crimes and a turning point  in the Syrian and Islamic history.

" Martyr al-Bouti is  a national icon who  presented himself,  his knowledge and culture in the service of all Syrians, Arabs and the world without exception to serve  the values of justice, tolerance and reconciliation as he  represents the open and enlightened thought , Islamic Sufism and al-Shami  Islam  in the face of the takfiris who distorted Islam and falsified the  Islamic readings ." Al-Zoubi emphasized. 

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Al-Halqi: the government continues ensuring citizens’ needs

Damascus (ST)-Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has confirmed that the government keeps on implementing the ministerial statement with firm steps in accordance with available potentials and priorities and on ensuring citizens’ requirements in spite of terrorism and the economic sanctions and difficulties facing them.

In a speech delivered at the People’s Assembly on Thursday, al-Halqi pointed out that Syria is combating the world terrorism which is exported to it by more than forty countries through providing the armed terrorist groups with money and weapons.

Al-Halqi emphasized the government’s support to the Arab Syrian army which is the only guarantee for security of citizens and country, pointing out that the terrorist targeting of development and service institutions is an attempt to target morsel of citizens, to fragmentize social fabric and to assassinate qualifications.

The Premier said that the ministerial committee concerned with implementing the political program for solving the crisis in Syria has held more than 35 meetings with many parties and sectors in Damascus and all governorates.

Regarding the economic, educational and living issues, al-Halqi said: “The maritime process in the ports of Lattakia and Tartous is good, indicating that the government decided to purchase 10 civil aircrafts to join our air navy to ease citizens’ services”.

Al-Halqi clarified that the two refineries of Homs and Banias can ensure big part of citizens’ needs of oil products while the rest part is being imported from the friend countries.

About ensuring gas to citizens, al-Halqi asserted that a new station for filling up gas will be opened in Jamraya in Damascus countryside after the defuse of Adra station.

Regarding the electric sector , the Premier referred to the  terrorists’ continuous targeting of this sector and to the continuous repair operations being executed to provide citizens with electricity.

Al-Halqi also outlined the efforts being made in the water resources, educational, communication and health sectors which are targeted by terrorists.

Al-Halqi underlined that the government is shouldering its national responsibility to ensure residences for people affected by current events who now become 169 thousand persons, adding that SP. 30 billion have been allocated this year for compensating the harmed families.

 Al-Halqi said that agriculture season is good and more than 2.5 million tons of wheat will be stored this year, but the armed terrorist groups are stealing the strategic crops from the silos and move them to Turkey to sell in cheap prices.

“The government is ensuring requirements of planting wheat and cotton”, al-Halqi concluded.

Inas Abdulkareem