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French, British Attempts to Arm Terrorists in Syria Blatant Violation of UN Charter, International Law, Underscores PA

DAMASCUS, (ST)_The People's Assembly  sent three identical letters to President of the European Parliament, Chairman of the French National Assembly and President of the British House of Commons.
"the People's Assembly strongly deplored French and British government's  attempts to legalize arming terrorist groups and takfiri jihadists in Syria,"the letters read.
"these attempts are nothing but a blatant  violation of the UN Charter, the EU law, the international law and the UN Security Council resolutions which all ban backing terrorism and urge all countries to unite in combating it,the PA asserted".
The PA called on the addressees to visit Syria in a bid to take a close  look at the events and to ''meet non-Syria takfiri Jihadists under arrest, who were trained in neighboring countries, especially in Turkey with the aim of creating an Islamic Caliphate .
The PA branded French-British attempts to arming terrorists in Syria as dangerous  because the   takfiri Jihadist groups ideologically linked to al-Qaeda terrorist organization .
The letters noted that the Turkish government has been working in coordination with Qatar and Saudi Arabia to facilitate the infiltration of these Jihadists since the onset of  the crisis in Syria in 2011


Supplying Syrian opposition with arms 'illogical', says Zasypkin

BEIRUT,(ST)_Russia's Ambassador to Lebanon has said that supplying the armed opposition in Syria with weapons will obstacle reaching political solution to the crisis.

Alexander Zasypkin told yesterday Tehran-based al-Alam T.V channel :" some western countries' seeking to arm opposition would complicate the matter…Russia and the US came to an understanding about reaching a political settlement, so the steps being taken by Britain and France to escalate the crisis in Syria is illogical."

He added that it's impossible to know to whom the weapons would reach as there are several armed groups in Syria, stressing the need for encouraging everyone in Syria to take part in dialogue.

"All efforts must aim to bring about a political solution to the crisis," Zasypkin said, noting that his country has called, since the very beginning, for reaching a political solution far away from arming opposition.

He sees that the US is serious in negotiation to settle the crisis in Syria.

"We have convinced the American side of reaching a political settlement to the crisis," the Russian Ambassador said.


BRICS to contribute to materialize Geneva Communiqué, says S.A President Zuma

JOHANNESBURG,(ST)-"indeed, it is very important to be informed on what is going on in Syria via direct contact between Syria and South Africa,"said President of South Africa Jacob Zuma.

Zuma's remarks came during a meeting with Presidency's political and media advisor Buthaina Shaaban.

Zuma expressed his regret over what is going on in Syria ,affirming that he will spare no effort  along with the BRICS to contribute to materializing the Geneva Communiqué  ,halting violence as soon as possible and launching the political dialogue.

For her part,Shaaban voiced Syria's appreciation to S.Africa's wise stance as regards crisis in Syria.

"the political program to solve the crisis in Syria ,proposed by President Basher Al-Assad, to halt violence and to launch dialogue without preconditions, "Shaaban told Zuma.

Shaaban called on Zuma to support the said program during the forthcoming BRICS summit  due to be held in South Afriaca (26-27 march).

During the meeting ,Shaaban briefed president Zuma on latest developments in Syria ,regional and international dimensions of the crisis and its repercussions on the region.

Some countries are relentlessly seeking to ramp up the bloody conflict in Syria through funding and arming terrorist groups.

The meeting was attended by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation  in S.Africa Maite Nkoana Mashabane.


Lebanon will not allow itself to serve as a crossing point for arms and gunmen across its border,says Sleiman

 President Michel Sleiman, who is on an official tour of African states, said Friday night that the Lebanese should refrain from sending fighters to Syria.

 “To overcome tensions surrounding Lebanon we should all be committed to the Baabda Declaration and not send gunmen to Syria or receive them. We should remain neutral,” Sleiman said during a ceremony at the Lebanese Embassy in Ivory Coast.

 “The Lebanese Army has been commissioned to repress and arrest any gunmen [in Lebanon] to fight, whether they are with the opposition or not,” he added.

Earlier that day, Sleiman said: “The Syrian Foreign Ministry’s statement is being studied and we will take the appropriate stance on it. Lebanon has adopted a disassociation policy on the Syrian events. This position was translated into the Baabda Declaration."

 “Lebanon, according to this [Baabda] Declaration, will not allow itself to serve as a crossing point for arms and gunmen across its border,” Sleiman said.

 “It will not allow the establishment of military bases or security centers for gunmen on its territory,” he added.

We will no longer accept attacks from Lebanon,says Abdel-Karim

Syria will no longer accept attacks on its territory from across the border with Lebanon, Syria’s Ambassador Ali Abdel-Karim Ali said in remarks published Saturday and Prime Minister Najib Mikati reiterated his call for Lebanon to uphold its dissociation policy.

 “What is required of the Lebanese government is that it carry out its duty on the border with Syria,” Ali told As-Safir newspaper.

 “We have no interest whatsoever in creating tensions with Lebanon but at the same time we can never compromise on Syria's security and sovereignty. We are being attacked and we are no longer willing to accept that - ever,” he said.

Damascus, in a letter sent to the Foreign Ministry Thursday, warned Beirut it would attack terrorists in  Lebanon, reiterating its stance  that arms and gunmen were being smuggled from the border.

The letter said Syrian forces were still exercising self-restraint by not striking “concentrations of armed gangs inside Lebanese territory in order to prevent them from crossing into Syrian territory.”

 “But this will not last indefinitely,” the letter warned.

Separately, Mikati told the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat in remarks published Saturday that he would try to seek clarification on the contents of the letter through diplomatic channels.

“We will get more clarification about the letter via diplomatic means,” the prime minister said.

 “I urge the Lebanese to continue [upholding] the policy of disassociation,” he added.


“Non Lethal” Aid!!

Non lethal aid, a new deceitful term created by Western politicians to cover their support for the Syrian armed "opposition". But what does this term mean and can weapons be non lethal? Do they only wound or do they kill in silence? Can these lethal weapons distinguish between a Syrian and another?  How ironic is this!!

The new US Secretary of State announced during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia that the U.S. will continue to support the opposition until it is able to attain a peaceful solution. He also ignored and didn't comment on the Saudi minister's call for keeping arms supply to the armed terrorist groups in Syria. This means that the Syrian bloodshed will continue as it isn't among the United States’ priorities to order its agents and tools in the region to stop this bloodbath.

Those, who claim keenness to help the Syrian people, mainly in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States, are sending non lethal gifts, “peaceful” terrorists who will bring “peace” to Syria according to the American way!!

Statements by Western officials including the British, about their countries' intention to send “non lethal” weapons to terrorists and on easing the European Union’s arm embargo on the terrorists, are but a farce. What kind of embargo are they talking about and what sort of softhearted weapons are they sending? Does this mean that the stuffing of the explosive devices to be used in the coming terrorist bombings will be reduced or will children at the bombing site be excluded from death?!!!

In fact, neither a peaceful solution is possible in Syria nor bloodshed will stop unless the non stopped flow of trained terrorists and arms into Syria, mainly across the Turkish borders, is halted.

It seems that the U.S. is adopting a self distancing policy as regards the issue of indirect armament by ordering those who keep US weapons in their stores to send the arms to the terrorist groups in Syria and by providing secret training to terrorists in Jordan.

Thus, the US government eludes its electors, by adopting the evidently contradicted policy of supporting terrorism while claiming in the media that it is fighting it.

Actually, the U.S. has nothing to worry about as the French and British agents, not to mention their tools in the region, are ready to cover any shortage of open or direct support to armed groups in Syria.

Ahmad Orabi Baaj

Translated and Edited by H. Mustafa