Geneva 2: Syrian Official Delegation's Remarks

Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Faisal Mikdad, underscored that the Syrian official delegation to Geneva 2 talks would but reiterate the continuation of efforts made at the first round of the conference with the emphasis on discussing Geneva 1 Communiqué articles one by one logically and orderly, asserting the dire need as to restoring security and stability to Syria; that is to discuss in the coming round how to put an end to terrorism and violence as to protect the Syrian citizens and end the bloodshed at the hands of regionally and internationally-backed armed terrorist groups.

The Syrian people's interests and views are indeed the main focus of the Syrian leadership and foreign policy, as Dr. Miqdad outlined, asserting that  the so-called "opposition" delegation has been subjected to direct dictates by their makers and masters in Istanbul, Doha, Tel Aviv, Washington, London and Paris.

"What is more important to us in Geneva 2 is to stop terrorism and end the suffering of the Syrian people," the Presidential Political and Media Advisor, Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban underscored, pointing out that the crisis in Syria was caused by regional and international factors that aimed at interfering in Syria's affairs.

"The foreign powers should  halt financing, arming and supporting the terrorists in Syria, because solving the crisis depends mainly on the international and regional will to stop supporting terrorism and interference in Syria's affairs," Dr. Shaaban said.

Actually, as  Syria's veteran  Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, pointed out, the official delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic to Geneva2 conference wasn't negotiating only the so-called "opposition coalition", a group of agents working for foreign powers,  but 13 delegations; namely the "coalition" delegation, the UN delegation represented by Lakhdar Brahimi and 11 others residing in the "coalition's" hotel to dictate its members what to do and what to say.

On his part,  Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, the veteran head of the Syrian official delegation, underlined that if the coalition  held illusions that the transitional governing body or the next government would limit the powers of the president , in violation and breach of the Syrian Constitution , it would be but an illusion that they should abandon before they go to Geneva, asserting that  the 'opposition coalition' delegation and the United States have foiled reaching to common grounds in the week-long Geneva-2 talks.

Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi reiterated Syria's readiness, even thought Syria wasn't part of drafting Geneva 1 statement, to discuss logically and orderly Geneva 1 articles from A to Z, asserting that the Syrian official delegation went to Switzerland for Geneva 2 and was open for whatever serious, responsible and political solution up to the higher interests of Syria.

The minister blasted the so-called coalition opposition's rejection of the three papers presented by the official delegation, wondering how any national Syrian could reject Syria's sovereignty, independence, rejection of foreign interference, and combating terrorism as principles.

''We are ready for national partnership, formation of national unity government, democratic election, and we aren't worried and would accomplish the said with all those who would be present in accordance with the Constitution,'' underscored Minister al-Zoubi.         

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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