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Rouhani Warns of Regional, Global Repercussions of Adventurism in Middle-East

TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned of the dire consequences of foreign military intervention in Syria, saying that such a move will have large-scale repercussions for the entire region.

"The world people, especially the people of the Middle-East region, do not accept a new war, and any adventurism in the region will pose irreparable dangers to the stability of the region and the world and will merely lead to the spread of extremism and terrorism in the region," Rouhani said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

He cautioned that the US and its allies' threats to use force against Syria are a flagrant violation of international undertakings, stability and security.

Rouhani said it seems that a group of people are trying to divert the world public opinion from the realities in Syria and misuse the savage use of chemical weapons against the Syrian civilians as a pretext to impose their dangerous views.

He called on the UN inspectors to carry out unbiased investigations to identify the culprits behind the chemical weapons use in Syria, and said, "Each and every measure should be taken with respect to the sensitive situation of the region, rapid ending of the internal crisis, and prevention of extremism in the region and in the framework of the international rules and regulations."

Western countries, including the United States, are allegedly considering a military invasion of Syria under the pretext of the use of chemical weapons in the country.

Russia has presented the UN Security Council with documents proving that the rebels have conducted the latest chemical attack which took place on August 21.

The US regional allies have recently increased their anti-Syrian government  efforts. Saudi National Security Council Secretary and Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan has recently had a secret meeting with UK’s MI6 Director Sir Robert John Sawers to brief him on Riyadh’s support for the terrorists  fighting the Syrian government in Syria, sources disclosed on Sunday.

"At the meeting, the Saudi intelligence chief briefed Sawers on Riyadh's latest moves on Syria, including the supply of over 400 tons of weapons to the terrorists   in Syria via Turkey," an informed source, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of his information, told FNA.


Thousands to Protest in London, Edinburgh Today to Protest at Military Action against Syria

TEHRAN - The Stop the War Coalition, originating from the UK, has announced that they will protest in London today to show their outrage at the western plans for military action in Syria,according to FNA.

Additionally, there will be an Edinburgh Stop the War demonstration. This is to take place today on the East side of Princes Street in the capital of Scotland at 5:30 pm local time. Campaigners said that demonstrations across the British Isles are beginning to be organized.

The Coalition group has made their message clear. "Britain, France and the US are committing to another disastrous military intervention. Apart from the inevitable casualties, any attack on Syria can only inflame an already disastrous civil war and would risk pulling in regional powers further."

"Most people in this country have learnt from the disasters of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.” A poll from Sunday stated that just nine percent of the British public would be in favor of troops being shipped off to Syria, while 16 percent would support giving more arms to the area.

"Our politicians, however, have learnt nothing. We need the maximum level of protest to stop them plunging us in to yet another catastrophic war." The group also claims there will be another demonstration which will be held over the weekend.


Panthers Party's Solidarity with and Support to the People of Syria

NEW DELHI, (ST)_ The situation in the Middle-East is totally different than it was in 2003 when USA with the help of its ally NATO attacked Iraq in 2003 and succeeded in demolishing one of the greatest civilizations of the world in Iraq in the name of bringing democracy in Iraq under the accuse of cleansing weapons of ‘mass destruction’ in Iraq. The situation is not that smooth for Mr. Obama as it was flouted in 2003 by the Bush Administration against President Saddam Hussein.” This was the quick reaction of Prof. Bhim Singh, Supremo of the National Panthers Party who has ground knowledge of the emerging situations in the Middle-East for the past 40 years.

Prof. Bhim Singh who is also Chairman of the Indo-Arab Solidarity Council expressed hope that the Arab League State Countries shall mind the interest of the Arab World which is the need of the 21st century so that the oils, strategic lands and waters are not allowed to be taken under the control of the White House and its hawks. He questioned the intervention of the USA in Iraq, Sudan, Libya and other Arab territories saying that the USA wanted invoking democracy in Iraq. What has been happening today there is being witnessed by the entire world? Hundreds of innocent people die every day in violence. There is no security for any human being. Let the world, he pointed out, compare the present bloody regime with the governance under President Saddam Hussein. What happened to the oil-wells and reserves in Iraq? What happened to the physical security of its citizens? What happened to the trade and tourism in Iraq as compared to the days of President Saddam Hussein? Where are the weapons of mass destruction, an excuse espoused by the Anglo-American Bloc, to invade Iraq? Why the United Nations failed? What was the situation in Russia after the demise of the USSR? These questions deserve in-depth study and understanding.

The Panthers Party Supremo said that Obama is facing a totally different situation in the Middle-East. The Russian Federation has potential leadership and President Vladimir Putin is one of the most experienced persons to deal with the CIA operating from the White House in Washington.

Prof. Bhim Singh regretted that Indian leadership has not been able to carry the legacy of Indo-Arab friendship after Mrs. Indira Gandhi nor the NAM countries have performed their obligations towards the third world the fact is that the USA has become a sole surviving master of the world. This has been rightly and farsightedly challenged by the Kremlin leadership as on date. The USA shall not be able to sail through the Arabian seas so easily as they could have done in 2003. The world has appreciated Putin for his timely warning to the USA warning them not to plunge into the Zionist game plan.

The Panthers Party National Working Committee has expressed solidarity with and support to the people of Syria led by its President Dr. Bashar-al-Assad in their just struggle for the safety, security and integrity of Syria. The Panthers Party also accused the Security Council for playing double standards vis-à-vis the Middle-East. Any misadventure by the Obama Administration shall bring disaster not to peace in the Middle-East but also to the entire Anglo-American Bloc. The Panthers Party Chief Patron also hoped that India plays its destined role for preserving the integrity, unity and sovereignties of the Arab Nations. Let the people of the world and the entire international community condemn US misadventure in the Middle-East. The role being played by the Republic of Iran also deserves commendations by the international community.

Sd/-Sudesh Dogra, Political Secretary

Terrorist Groups Used Chemical Weapons to Bring in Foreign Intervention: Jaafari

NEWYORK ,(ST)_ Syria's permanent representative to the UN Dr. Bashar Jaafari,  stressed that everything that is happening in the region is  entitled "Israel's interest" , all who are  involved in the aggression on Syria  only serve  "the Israeli interest" and that much of the data confirms  that chemical weapons were used by  armed terrorist groups in order  to bring in outside military intervention and aggression on Syria.

Interviewed by the Syrian al-Ikhbaria TV  last night al-Jaafari disclosed  Saudi attempts   at the UN General Assembly   to pass  a draft resolution against Syria , with  a series of secret meetings Saudi Arabia held  with representatives of the US, France, Britain, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Germany and some other countries to adopt a draft resolution on chemical weapons specifically,  prior to  the results of the delegation of UN  investigators ,  that holds the Syrian government  responsible in advance, according to statements made  by the Saudi ambassador himself in some secret meetings "to push  opportunities for the use of military force against Syria,  ahead."

Jaafari stressed that this  Saudi move indicates the immersion  of Saudi  decision-makers in  escalating  the crisis in Syria and in pushing  things toward more confrontation and to enhance the  possibilities  of  using  the aggressive  military solution against Syria.

"The course of events at the UN is focused on availing  the investigators to complete their  mission in cooperation with the Syrian government,  on the basis of a memorandum of understanding signed between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates and the UNGA." Jaafari said . 

He regretted  how the three permanent members states at the UN  deal positively with the report of the UN  investigators while they are involved in providing   qualitative and quantitative weapons to armed groups, including chemicals. 

He indicated that jamming  on the UN investigators was greatly intensified when the  Syrian government started  understanding with the UN  General Secretariat , wondering what  is the Syrian government interest in using  chemical weapons at a time when UN investigators  are in Damascus.

"  Westerners do not want to know who used  chemical weapons,"  Jaafari said noting  the existence of a lot of data proving   the Syrian government  not guilty and holding the armed groups accountable for the use of chemical weapons in order to bring in outside military intervention and aggression on Syria. 

Syrian-Russian cooperation at the UN is Close 

Jaafari  explained that Syrian –Russian cooperation at the UN is close and that Russia  understands the situation very well and provided a lot of assistance throughout the crisis, as well as China, pointing a global vigilance and growing awareness and understanding among many UN members to  that everything is being plotted against Syria falls in the  political agenda to undermine its stability ,  change of its rule  and placing it by  force into the regional instability to eliminate  the Palestinian cause in the service of Israeli interests ,  stressing that all what is happening in the region  is entitled to serve  "Israel's interest."

He also  noted many  regional groups at the UN that  become resentful of Western policies and the behavior of some Arabs toward Syria and  that many Western ambassadors reached the conviction that Western policies are not principled and their vision is  blurry and unethical. 

Victories of the Syrian Army scared who bet on what they call a re-balance of power between the government and terrorist groups 

Jaafari said  that the victories achieved by the Syrian Army on the ground greatly  scared those who are betting on what they call a rebalancing of powers between the Syrian government and the armed terrorist groups so they had to use the file of  the chemical weapons , being a very sensitive subject. 

He continued  that the Western countries and the Turkish government grossly violate the UN Security  Council resolution on preventing terrorists from acquiring  mass destruction weapons ,  by allowing the armed terrorist groups in Turkey  to establish a laboratory for the manufacture of chemical weapons  with Turkish ,Saudi Arabia and Qatari materials , to sneak  the Turkish-Syrian border and the introduction and use  of this  chemical weapon in  Syria .

 On the Western threat to launch a military aggression against Syria, al-Jaafari  noted that the aim of what has been  promoted in the media on the preparations for  the aggression is  a sort of political pressure on Damascus to get concessions,  noting that " this type of western Hollywood movie  is intended to raise  intimidation and  is, in deed  a form of media terrorism." 

Jaafari noted  two possibilities that this scenario  aims to dramatize and get concessions and another scenario saying that  armies chiefs of staff met in Amman and approved secret decisions ,  noting what was stated by the  Jordanian Foreign Minister  when he said that the meeting was  planned in advance. "  This is to throw dust in the eyes, even if  the meeting  was innocent , a final statement would have been  declared" Jaafari underscored.

" We are trying our best to convince our brothers in Jordan that their interest at least lies in  self distancing from getting involved in the quagmire which some are trying to create  in the region and damage  Syrian-Jordanian interests",  Jaafari added ,  referring to the list signed by hundreds of  Jordanian intellectuals and politicians against any involvement of the Jordanian government in any aggression on Syria, because this  adventure only serves Israel 

Everyone involved  in the aggression on Syria only serves the Israeli interest 

Jaafari reiterated  that everyone involved  in the aggression on Syria , only serves Israeli interests , noting "  from this point I want to focus on that  the issue of counter-terrorism  was first debated at the UN by  Syrian diplomacy when we launched the first initiative to convene an international  conference aimed to define terrorism and distinguish between  it and  the right of peoples to resist foreign occupation and the initiative was rejected  by the  West and decisions taken on the fight against terrorism had become a dead letter and many  UN Member States do not apply  them in the case of Syria.

He wondered how Saudi Arabia  opened a center for counter-terrorism at the UN  in New York, and is  a sponsor to combat terrorism while it  is engaged in it in  Syria and in  more than one place through the promotion of Wahhabi , Salafi and  takfiri fundamentalist movements  and how Turkey can be a sponsor of the so-called Alliance of Civilizations  with Qatar and the two countries are engaged in the  shedding of the Syrian blood.

"The situation is very complicated, but we are not alone in the arena. We have many friends who understand what is taking place  on the ground and the battle now  is not only Syria." Jaafari said.


T. Fateh 

US Using ‘Unproven Excuses’ For Armed Action in Syria – Moscow

MOSCOW– Russia slammed the United States on Tuesday for allegedly using “unproven excuses” to justify military action in Syria and said Moscow is “seriously disappointed” by Washington’s decision to put off a bilateral meeting to discuss the crisis there.

US Secretary of State John Kerry's statement  Monday “categorically claims that the US has the ‘undeniable proof’ about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, although the ‘data’ has not been presented,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said,according to RIA Novosti.

“Attempts to bypass the Security Council, to once again create artificial, unproven excuses for an armed intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa,” Lukashevich said in the statement posted on the Foreign Ministry's website.

Moscow also said it was “seriously disappointed” with the White House’s decision to put off a meeting between Russian and US diplomats scheduled for Wednesday in The Hague to discuss the situation in Syria.

 “Moscow perceives Washington’s decision to postpone this meeting literally on the eve of the agreed-upon date with serious disappointment,” Lukashevich said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.

A senior Russian diplomat said earlier Tuesday that Moscow regretted what he called the cancellation of the meeting. “[Our] partners’ decision to cancel the Russia-US bilateral meeting to discuss the matter of assembling an international conference on Syria causes regret,” Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said in a tweet.