Dialogue the Only Way Out from Present Conditions

 DAMASCUS, (ST)_  The developments and efforts made by the United Nations in Syria, whether at the humanitarian level or as far as El-Akhdar  al-Ibrahimi's, the UN Envoy to Syria, mission were discussed here Saturday.

According to a statement by Foreign and Expatriates Ministry, the discussions between Walid al-Moallem, Deputy Premier and Foreign and Expatriates Minister, and al-Ibrahimi, were 'constructive' and 'serious'.

The discussions dealt with means of enhancing the standing cooperation, as well as with what Syria has provided to this effect, as to facilitate the mission of al-Ibrahimi.

The discussions also touched upon the required from the remaining parties, which undermine al-Ibrahim's mission through continued arming, sheltering, training and financing of the armed terrorist groups.

The discussions, further, focused at the objective and realistic conditions for the halting of violence from whatever party, as to prepare the climate for a comprehensive dialogue among the Syrians, viewed by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic as the only way to emerge out from the present conditions, away from any form of foreign interference.

UN Envoy, al-Ibrahimi, presented, during the meeting, a review for the most important results of his talks during his recent local and regional tour into the region.

 

M.A. Al-Ibrahim

 

 

 

A Booby- Trapped Water Tank, a Mortar Destroyed

 IDLEB_ (ST), Armed Forces Destroyed a Booby Trapped Water Tank, and a Mortar in Idleb Friday.  

An armed forces unit destroyed today a water tank, booby-trapped  by terrorists with 2 tons of explosives led  by a suicide bomber near Sejer town junction,  at Salqin-Idleb highway.

" Our brave armed forces destroyed the booby trapped tank, 200 meters before arriving at the town 's junction",  an official source in Idleb told SANA.

" Another unit of our armed forces destroyed a mortar that was used by the terrorists  against  citizens and their property, and killed its crew members ,  in the outskirts of Salqin town," the source added.

 

Syria Times

 

Minister al-Zou'bi : Terrorist Explosions Condemned Wherever Take Place

 DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Minister of Information, Omran al-Zou'bi, condemned the cowardly  terrorist attack in Beirut neighborhood of Ashrafieh.

Minister al-Zou'bi, in a statement, said that such terrorist explosions are condemned wherever they take place, and there are no justification whatsover for these attacks.

The Lebanese National News Agency (NNA), in an updated death toll, said that the explosion resulted in the killing of 8 Lebanese and the injury of more than 90 persons...

NNA reported that General Wissam Hassan, Chairman of Intelligence branch in the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, was killed in the explosion.

Lebanese top officials and political parties condemned the terrorist explosion as an ''organized crime against all of Lebanon, civilians and their properties,'' according to parliament speaker Nabih Berri.

Hezbollah condemned in the strongest of terms the terrorist attack, and called for prompt investigation as to capture the perpetrators and hand them to justice.

Ex-Lebanese Premier, salim al-Hoss condemned that attack as a grave criminal act.

The Baath Arab Socialist Party Secretary General in Lebanon, Fayez shoukir, targets but the security, stability and peaceful coexistence in Lebanon.

 Earlier, the Lebanese Daily Star reported that at least three people were killed and 10 others wounded in an explosion in the Beirut neighborhood of Ashrafieh Friday.

The explosion of a car took place at the Sassine Square, around 3 p. m., and caused  huge plumes of smoke.

Lebanese MTV satellite  station pointed out that at least seven cars were set ablaze as a result of the blast.

 

M.A. Al-Ibrahim

 

 

Al-Ibrahimi: General Situation, Decrease in Violence to Be Discussed

 DAMASCUS, (S.T) _ Lakhdar Al-Ibrahimi, the UN Envoy to Syria, arrived here Friday noon.

Al-Ibrahimi, in an arrival statement, said that he would discuss the general situation in Syria with the Government, Political Parties, and Civil Society.

''We would discuss the decreasing of existent violence and the possibility of a complete halt to violence on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.'' Al-Ibrahimi added.

UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Al-Ibrahimi is expected to brief the Syrian officials on the results of his recent visits to a number of countries including those of influence on armed terrorist groups.

Spokesman of the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry, Dr.  Jihad Makdissi, told AFP on Thursday that "Al-Ibrahimi will meet with Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem on Saturday morning."

Damascus is  the latest leg of Al-Ibrahimi tour which included  Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and Lebanon.

On the penultimate leg of his tour (Beirut), Al-Ibrahimi warned on Wednesday that the Syria’s conflict could set the entire region ablaze.

On October 15, Al-Ibrahimi called for a temporary ceasefire during the four-day Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday starting on October 26.

In this context, the local "al-Baath" newspaper reported on Thursday that "The envoy has focused his efforts on "convincing all parties to accept a temporary and limited objective as a first step towards a solution, and as a litmus test of all parties' intentions."

 It added that al-Ibrahimi is making a thorough and prudent effort to overcome the obstacles (in implementing) a diplomacy of small steps.

B. Qaddour/ M.A. Al-Ibrahim

 

 

 

Syria's FM to meet UN Envoy in Damascus on Saturday: Makdisi

 DAMASCUS, (S.T) _UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdaral Al-Ibrahimi is to visit Damascus on Saturday as to brief the Syrian officials on the results of his recent visits to a number of countries including those of influence on armed terrorist groups.

Spokesman of the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Dr.  Jihad Makdissi, told AFP on Thursday that  "al-Ibrahimi will meet with Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem on Saturday morning."

Damascus will be the latest leg of al-Ibrahimi tour which included  Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and Lebanon.

On the penultimate leg of his tour (Beirut), al-Ibrahimi warned on Wednesday that the Syria’s conflict could set the entire region ablaze.

On October 15, al-Brahimi called for a temporary ceasefire during the four-day Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday starting on October 26.

In this context, the local "al-Baath" newspaper reported on Thursday that "The envoy has focused his efforts on "convincing all parties to accept a temporary and limited objective as a first step towards a solution, and as a litmus test of all parties' intentions."

 It added that al-Ibrahimi is making a thorough and prudent effort to overcome the obstacles (in implementing) a diplomacy of small steps.

B. Qaddour

 

 

A Presidential Decree Regulates Research in Genetic Engineering

 

 

 

DAMASCUS_ (ST) President Bashar al-Assad today issued decree No. 24  for 2012  on bio-security of genetically modified living organisms   and their products. The decree aims at regulating research and development in genetic engineering area. It sets controls for  the input, output, transfer, production, circulation and use of genetically  modified organisms, in order to ensure a safe  health  level of  human, animal, plant and the environment  .

The Decree defines the functions of the authorities responsible for the implementation of the law , its tasks and mechanism of work.

T. Fateh

 

 

 

Declared Support for Terrorism and Arming Terrorists in Syria

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ The evidence for the involvement of foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey, in backing and arming the terrorist groups in Syria has been accumulated.

According to the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry, in two identical letters addressed to the US secretary General and the UN Security Council Chairperson, the support for terrorism and arming terrorists in Syria is already well-known and declared, citing scores of statements by Qatari, Saudi and Turkish officials to  in this regard.

The Ministry added that the terrorist attacks against the Syrian State,  in all of its components, are unabated and with the support of some forces, regional and world countries, asserting that those who stand behind the terrorist attacks are the same countries which claim to combat terrorism!

The involvement of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey in backing the terrorist groups in Syria does contribute to hinder prospects of dialogue as well as of peaceful solutions, not to mention the great human and material damage and harm inflicted upon Syria and Syrians.

The Ministry cited media reports by Western sources proving the presence of Saudi-Army-owned weapons in Aleppo, and quoted French and British officials' acknowledgement of the presence of French and British ''jihadists''  fighting in Syria.

President Francois Hollande and British Foreign Secretary, William Hague acknowledged in press statement, October 11th, and October 10th respectively, the presence of their terrorists in Syria.

The Ministry lambasted the Turkish hosting, training and dispatching of the terrorists into Syria, and the US ''non-lethal'', according to US Defence Secretary, Panetta, support, citing New York Times' reports about the US aid and training for the terrorists in Syria.

The Ministry added that al-Qaeda related terrorists, especially al-Qaeda terrorist in the Yemen, are being smuggled into Syria, across Turkey, and with the help of Saudi Arabia, calling on the UN Security Council and its ad-hoc committees to immediately carry out an investigation into such terrorism-backing practices by such countries, expressing the Syrian willingness to provide every available information about such practices to the UN Security affiliated terrorism combating committees.

 

M.A. Al-Ibrahim