Philippine Deputy Foreign Minister: we thank Syria for cooperating to release UNDOF observers

DAMASCUS, (ST)-Philippine Deputy Foreign Minister Rafael Seguis expressed his country’s gratitude and appreciation to Syria for the support and cooperation offered for releasing the UNDOF Filipinos observers who were kidnapped by an armed terrorist group that violated the disengagement area.

During the meeting held on Sunday, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad said that Syria is known in fulfilling and respecting  its obligations and the international legitimacy, and in its keenness for the safety of the UN forces, reiterating  that it has cooperated with UNDOF over forty years and will continue to do so.

Mikdad reffered to the threat posed by the presence of these armed groups in the disengagement area to the lives of UNDOF forces and the Syrian citizens living there , which in turn requires the UN to shoulder  its  responsibilities in directing  a clear  message to these groups and their supporters to pull out of the area for  avoiding  a repetition of such  incidents, not just to issue truce statements.

Talks during the meeting also centered on the situation in the region, during which Dr. Mikdad presented an explanation of the political program for solving the crisis in Syria that the government is working to implement.

 Dr. Mikdad stressed that this program expresses Syria's belief in dialogue for reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.

At the end of the meeting, Seguis offered condolences of the Philippines government and people over the victims of the terrorist bombings occurred in Damascus, hoping Syria would get out of its ordeal through dialogue and peaceful solutions.

Directors of the Consulate Department and Asia Department at the Foreign Minister attended the meeting.

Inas Abdulkareem

Armed forces kill a lot of terrorists and seize weapons

PROVINCES,(ST)_The armed forces' units have continued carrying out operations against terrorist's gatherings in different locations in countryside of Damascus, Idleb, Homs, Der Ezzour, and Daraa.

Several terrorists' hideouts and weapons were destroyed in the operations, SANA reported.

Today (Sunday), the armed forces also killed and injured a lot of terrorists during clashes broken out with terrorists in the aforementioned provinces.

A child martyred

Meanwhile, the terrorists targeted a kindergarten's mini-bus near Daheyat al-Assad in Harasta area (in Damascus countryside).

A child was martyred and other 9 children were injured. Some of them were said to be in critical condition.

Elsewhere, the armed forces seized BKC machineguns and rifles in Homs countryside, and foiled a terrorist group's infiltration attempt through Syria-Lebanon borders.

Dozens of bodies in Aleppo

In a separate development, the Iranian Press T.V channel quoted a Syrian source as saying that at least 50 bodies (including children) were found by Queiq River in the western Bustan al-Qaser district in Aleppo province.

Some of the victims had their hands tied behind their back, the channel said.

Aleppo Airport resumes flights

In the same province, Administration of Aleppo International Airport has declared that it partly resumed flights after the armed forces restored security to the surrounding area, according to al-Watan newspaper.

The paper also reported that as many as 6000 locals in al-Trimseh village in Hama organized a march in support for the Syrian Arab Army.  

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Al-Assad Grants Martyr Actor Baqqouah Order of Merit

DAMASCUS, (ST) - President Bashar al-Assad issued Decree No. 96 for the year 2013, granting the late actor Yassin Baqqoush order of merit (level A) in recognition of his vital role  in upgrading the level of the Syrian art.

Baqqoush's order of merit is due to be received by the late actor's heirs.

It is worth noting that the well-renowned actor was gave up his soul to God  on February 24th when a terrorists' mortar round directly hit his car in al-Yarmouk Camp superb in Damascus.

Born in Damascus in 1938, Yasin Baqqoush was one of the founders of Syrian comedy.

M.D

Hijazi: Organizing of Labor in Economic Sectors

DAMASCUS , (ST) - Minister of Labour, Dr. Hassan Hijazi, underlined that his ministry will work on the regulation of employment in all economic sectors including who working in the shadow economy, pointing out that the ministry will issue a law in the coming period.

 "During a seminar was organized by the Faculty of Economy about the Ministry's vision for employment issues, labor laws and workers that the ministry will focus in the future on interest  in Syrian employment inside and outside Syria in terms of training and qualification to become at competitive level with their counterparts in neighboring countries which increases the size of the financial remittances to the country and investment in human capital in addition to signing international agreements concerning the Syrian employment," the minister pointed out.

He also noted to the need to develop operational policies so as to take interest in levels and quality of education at all levels by focusing on vocational education and training programs for students to raise their professional standard, enter the labor market, the establishment of special generating  projects.

The minister stressed  the need to develop policies, laws and legislation to be able to attract investments, promote small and medium enterprises, safeguarding the rights of workers and employers alike.

Participants stressed the importance of the development of labor legislations in the private sector so as to be more attractive to job seekers and networking with other bodies, training institutions and to benefit from successful experiences in some countries in this regard.
Sh. Kh.

Political plan-committee meets national media's representatives

DAMASCUS,(ST)_The ministerial committee tasked with implementing the endorsed political plan has debated with representatives of the national mass media proposals to enhance national dialogue and media's role in explaining the ongoing crisis in Syria before public opinion. 

Prime Minister, Dr.Wael al-Halqi, who chairs the committee, said: "reporters and intellectuals play a pivotal role in enhancing culture of dialogue in society, helping government complete constructive and democratic dialogue process and confronting extremist thinking."

In the meeting held on Saturday, al-Halqi underscored the national media's key role in unmasking the false campaign being backed by some Arab countries, in cooperation with the Turkish government, to foment sedition in region and the world and divert their people's attention from what is going on in their countries.

He clarified that ruling families in the Arab countries involved in the crisis in Syria and extremist government, who are agents to the US and Israel, oppress their people and plunder their wealth.

As for development process, the premier said: "the government pays great attention to the economic and social causes reported in the national media in view of the fact that they contribute to build modern Syria, start process of reconstruction, enhance national unity and restore stability and security."

He stressed that the government is able to confront all economic challenges caused by unjust blockage and terrorist acts that target the Syrian  people's capabilities.

"The government is adopting serious measures to combat corruption at administrative level."

Committee held 25 meetings

The premier briefed the national media's representatives on outcomes of 25 consultation gatherings held between the ministerial committee and the Syrian people's components.

For their part, the reporters voiced their support for the political plan outlined by President Bashar al-Assad on January, 6th, 2013, highly appreciating the ministerial committee's efforts in this regard.

The reporters raised several questions about national dialogue and presented proposals, SANA reported.

Government respects opposition

In a separate meeting with a delegation representing the committee formed in Tehran conference to follow up national dialogue, the PM said: "the government respects and appreciates the opposition inside Syria and abroad that is keen to share in building the country without foreign meddling."

Talks dealt with preparations for holding dialogue meeting in Damascus by the end of this month.

The ministerial committee includes Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministers of Information, Justice, National Reconciliation, Transport, Industry, Red Crescent Affairs, and People's Assembly Affairs.

Basma Qaddour

Foreign Ministry: UN has to condemn the attacks of the armed terrorist groups on civilians in the forces' disengagement area

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has addressed two identical letters to head  of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary-General on the detention of 21 UNDOF observers by an armed terrorist group from Jamleh village near the forces' disengagement area in the occupied Syrian Golan on March 6, 2013.

“The Syrian government has fully cooperated with the UNDOF command through a one-sided ceasefire as a step to ensure security and safety of the UN forces” the Ministry said, expressing its surprise when informed that the armed men moved the detained observers to Jordan instead of releasing them unconditionally and handing them over to the force command, which in turn will encourage the armed groups to repeat such an incident.

“As the Syrian government renews commitment to its obligations based on the Disengagement of Forces Agreement and to enabling the UN forces to implement their mandate in the occupied  Syrian Golan, it would remind of the repeated attacks recently against the UN forces by the armed terrorist  groups that will in turn benefit from  the UN disregard of their dangerous activities and become active in the action area of the UN forces due to the  logistic support they receive from the Israeli occupation forces which constitute a clear violation of the 1974 Disengagement of Forces  Agreement”, the Ministry added.

“The Syrian government also holds "Israel" responsible for the threat imposed by the armed groups to the safety of UNDOF forces and staff,'' the ministry reiterated.

The Ministry underscored that the Syrian government has repeatedly warned against repercussions of these terrorists’ presence in the disengagement area, underlining the urgency of the UN clear condemnation of these terrorist and armed attacks on the civilians, getting the terrorist groups immediately out of the area and prevent their infiltration into it.

The Ministry also highlighted the necessity of holding the countries backing the armed groups responsible for their activities, adding that the disregard of their presence in the forces’ disengagement area will threaten security of the region in general and the UN forces in particular.

Inas Abdulkareem 

Army foils terrorist group's infiltration attempt into Syria

PROVINCES,(ST)_Armed forces killed on Saturday most of the terrorist group's members that had tried to infiltrate from Lebanon through two border locations –Kherbet al-Noemat and Masharee Joseh- in Homs countywide.

The terrorist group's attempt to infiltrate into Syria over the past night coincided with fire opened by the Lebanese side on the border centers within Syria, SANA said.

In Idleb countryside, the units of armed forces destroyed a hideout which was used by terrorists from al-Nusra Front to plan for carrying out criminal operations in Saraqeb area.

In Der Ezzour province, the armed forces carried out a series of qualitative operations against terrorist gatherings.

Many terrorists were killed or injured.

"We support army"

In a separate development, locals of al-Hamdaneya alley in Aleppo province organized a march in support for the Syrian Arab Army. They called for departure of armed terrorist groups from their city.

The terrorist groups, who perpetrate criminal acts against citizens all over Syria and destroy infrastructure, are being supported by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, Britain, and the US.

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