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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.

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''There is no place for violent extremist groups such as al-Nusra in Syria or elsewhere'",says Australian FM Bob Carr

The Australian government has placed on its terrorist blacklist the  terrorist group fighting the Syrian government.

Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr has announced Australia will list the al-Nusra Front as a terrorist organization to try to starve the group of funding and support,according to AAP.

The listing means anyone in Australia who makes funds or assets available to the group could face up to 10 years in jail.

Assets known to be owned or controlled by al-Nusra must be frozen and reported immediately to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Senator Carr said the Al-Nusra Front, which has 5000 fighters in Syria, had a history of suicide attacks and bombings.

''I'm advised al-Nusra is active against the Syrian military but also against civilian targets,'' he said. ''There is no place for violent extremist groups such as al-Nusra in Syria or elsewhere.''

Senator Carr said there was evidence the al-Nusra Front had direct links with al-Qaeda in Iraq, which supplied it with weapons, recruits and equipment.

The US placed the group on its terrorism blacklist in December, citing its links to al-Qaeda.


Birds Born To Fly

Needless to say ,Syria is currently under an international organized terrorism. Consequently, the said systematic aggression has severely affected the infrastructure and the economic format as well.All these relentless efforts aim at destroying the homeland's unity.

But ,there is an apparent fact that the Syrians are clinging to their homeland similarly as bird born to fly.

Actually, no one denies that some Arab countries spearheaded by Saudi Arabia and Qatar are sparing no effort to fund and arm terrorists groups in Syria with the aim of to destroy Syria,the cradle of civilization. out of envy and jealous as the said countries are nothing but a distorted and disabled new –born baby.

Syria,where history was born,do believe in dialogue ,differences and accept the other's thoughts while Syria's enemies are still living in medieval ages .It is worldwide known that women are prohibited from diving a car in Saudi Arabia while its rulers are deeply involved in funding ignorant across the globe.

To those ,there is a solid message by the Syrians ,hands off Syria .your terrorism has deepened our cohesion and responsibility towards our beloved country.

Ahmad Orabi Baaj

Edited and translated by:Mayssa Wassouf

Information Minister Meets with Russian Delegation on Current Events in Syria

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Information Minister  Omran Al-Zoubi on Sunday met a Russian  political analysts  and media men delegation.

Talks dealt with current events in Syria.

 Members  of the visiting delegation emphasized their country official and people 's position  in rejection of foreign interference in the internal affairs  of Syrian and ways to attain  perfect solution maintained  through constructive  political movement, aiming to build a renewable Syria with the  participation of all political trends and parties,  that make  up the entire spectrum of the  Syrian society.

The Russian ambassador in Damascus attended the meeting.

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