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Al-Jaafari: Arms Trade Treaty does not Refer to Arming "non-State Terrorist Groups

NEW YORK,(ST)_ Syria's  Permanent Representative to the UN  Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari stressed  Syria 's full support to the global trend towards building an international community, free from dominance  and based on UN  Charter principles  built on justice, equality and peace.

In a speech he delivered  during UN General Assembly voting  on the draft resolution on the adoption  of the draft Arms Trade Treaty, al-Jaafar added : We have worked over the years like other UN  Member States in order to reach a good treaty, and not for having an inapplicable  treaty that  will be used exclusively only as pressure on others in the future, as happened in other important decisions , pointing out that Syria was not against the treaty and has a belief that if it is completed as required it will be  a major asset for the international community.

 

He added as saying, "we need a good treaty that we do not regret later that it is not politically exploited by some countries against each other.

AL- Jaafari said that Syria  did not object to regulating the international arms trade, but opposed the draft because it did not refer to the arming of "non-state terrorist groups".

Some of the countries behind the draft treaty, he said, were "fully engaged in supplying terrorist groups [in Syria] with all kinds of lethal weapons".

Russia’s  Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin described as a significant shortcoming the lack of a clause in the draft treaty about banning the supply of weapons to non-state entities.

The assembly had heard from member-states’ ambassadors objecting to, or supporting, the draft.

The UN General Assembly has passed the first global arms trade treaty by 154 votes to three, with 23 abstentions.

Iran, North Korea and Syria had sought to block the treaty governing a trade worth some $70bn (£46bn) annually.

Russia, the world's second-biggest major exporter, was among those states which abstained from the vote at the Assembly in New York.

The treaty prohibits states from exporting conventional weapons in violation of arms embargoes, or weapons that would be used for acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes or terrorism.

It also requires states to prevent conventional weapons reaching the black market.

Cuba's Rodolfo Reyes Rodriguez said the draft contained "ambiguities" which gave it "serious limitations" and that it favoured the interests of arms exporters.

Last week, a UN treaty-drafting conference failed to reach consensus after objections from Syria, Iran and North Korea.

Iran said the treaty was full of flaws and loopholes and North Korea said it was unbalanced.

The draft was then sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who was asked on behalf of nations backing the treaty to put it to a vote in the General Assembly on Tuesday.

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Al-Halqi: President Al-Assad's directives promote comprehensive national dialogue

DAMASCUS (ST)- Chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi, the ministerial committee charged with implementing the political program for solving the crisis in Syria held a meeting on Monday with members of the political bureau of the National Ahd Party.

Al-Halqi  underlined the importance of President Bashar al-Assad's meeting with the ministerial committee and his constructive directives for doubling efforts, pointing out that President Al-Assad's directives promote the committee to go forward in the comprehensive national dialogue.

Premier highlighted the role played by  the national parties in  enhancing  the culture of tolerance, rejecting violence  and accepting others opinion through constructive dialogue, reiterating that the government is serious to held dialogue  with all political, economic and social forces, including opposition groups and armed people who give preference to reason   and leave  arms.

For his part, Secretary-General of the National Ahd Party Ghassan Abdul-Aziz Othman said that the political program to solve the crisis is a historical opportunity that all political parties must seize to put an end to bloodshed in Syria, underlining the positive measures taken by the government in boosting dialogue and contact among all people and its ability to confront the comprehensive economic war targeting Syria. 

Members of the party's political bureau offered their viewpoints on how to solve the crisis through developing human resources, combating corruption, developing the public sector, authorizing women, and encouraging dialogue among all spectrum of society.

 

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Turkish opposition slams Erdogan’s stance on Syria

Middle Eastern countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been accused of stepping up weapons supplies to militants fighting inside Syria. Turkey’s main opposition leader says these weapons could not get into the hands of the insurgents without Turkey's help-- a fact that has led to the deterioration of ties between Ankara and Damascus.

The head of the Turkish opposition has criticized Prime Minister Reccip Tayyip Erdogan for his policies on the crisis in Syria. The head of the CHP party said foreign backed terrorists were receiving training in camps inside Turkey. He also said weapons were being sent from Turkey to foreign backed militants in Syria to quote” kill our brothers”.

Kemal Kilichdaroglu went on to say that the major countries benefiting from the war in Syria were France, the US and Germany. He said the ruling AK party’s excuse of trying to bring democracy to Syria was not true.

The rhetoric coming from the head of Turkey’s CHP party comes two years into a bloody war between Syrian government forces and foreign backed terrorists supported by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the West. The conflict according to the UN has left over 70,000 people dead and over 1,000,000 displaced.

Turkey’s main opposition CHP believes if Turkey were to close its borders for 10 days, thus preventing the flow of arms to the foreign backed terrorists in Syria, the brutal war would come to an end.

The recent rhetoric from the head of the Peoples Republican party comes as Ankara is becoming ever more isolated by its neighbors. The party says it does not trust US policies in the region and fears that the stance Turkish PM Raccip Tayyib Erdogan is taking could eventually lead to a war in Turkey. This is something they claim to be doing everything in their power to avoid.

 Source: pressTV

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Turkish opposition slams Erdogan’s stance on Syria (2)

Middle Eastern countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been accused of stepping up weapons supplies to militants fighting inside Syria. Turkey’s main opposition leader says these weapons could not get into the hands of the insurgents without Turkey's help-- a fact that has led to the deterioration of ties between Ankara and Damascus.

The head of the Turkish opposition has criticized Prime Minister Reccip Tayyip Erdogan for his policies on the crisis in Syria. The head of the CHP party said foreign backed terrorists were receiving training in camps inside Turkey. He also said weapons were being sent from Turkey to foreign backed militants in Syria to quote” kill our brothers”.

Kemal Kilichdaroglu went on to say that the major countries benefiting from the war in Syria were France, the US and Germany. He said the ruling AK party’s excuse of trying to bring democracy to Syria was not true.

The rhetoric coming from the head of Turkey’s CHP party comes two years into a bloody war between Syrian government forces and foreign backed terrorists supported by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the West. The conflict according to the UN has left over 70,000 people dead and over 1,000,000 displaced.

Turkey’s main opposition CHP believes if Turkey were to close its borders for 10 days, thus preventing the flow of arms to the foreign backed terrorists in Syria, the brutal war would come to an end.

The recent rhetoric from the head of the Peoples Republican party comes as Ankara is becoming ever more isolated by its neighbors. The party says it does not trust US policies in the region and fears that the stance Turkish PM Raccip Tayyib Erdogan is taking could eventually lead to a war in Turkey. This is something they claim to be doing everything in their power to avoid.

 Source: pressTV

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Al-Lahham censures terrorism-supporter governments

HAVANA,(ST)_Mohammad Jehad al-Lahham has appealed to world parliaments to press terrorism-supporter governments to halt their practices, citing astonishing attitude of some states that allege combating terrorism and, at the same time, offer all forms of support to terrorists.

The Speaker of the People's Assembly also called on the international community to back political plan to peacefully resolve the crisis in Syria and stand by efforts being exerted to halt violence being perpetrated by armed Takfiri terrorist groups in the country. 

"Systematic destruction"

Speaking to the Cuban Workers Newspaper after his participation in the 128th International Parliamentary Union's General Assembly meeting held in Ecuador, al-Lahham said: "the terrorism backed by some international and regional states targets Syrian people and land, and seeks to systematically destroy the country's infrastructure and properties (public and private ones)."

He warned against dangerous role of delusive mass media that falsify facts and fuel violence.

Al-Lahham decried terrorism supporters, particularly the Turkish government, that arm and shelter terrorists to be exported to Syria.

"The Syrian delegation's participation in the IPU meeting helped explain the reality of what is going on in Syria," the Speaker said.

He thanked Cuba, all Latin American states and the  BRICS nations for supporting Syria, noting deep-rooted ties between the two countries (Syria and Cuba).

US unjust blockage

"Syria condemns the unjust 60-year old blockage imposed by the US on Cuban people," Al-Lahham said, stressing that the blockage is a breach of the UN charter and international law.

 He asserted that Syria is to achieve victory thanks for its people's awareness and determination and their support for the leadership.

Basma Qaddour