Syrian Official Delegation Authorized to Adopt Decisions in Geneva 2 Talks, Says Al-Miqdad

GENEVA,(ST)_Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister has underscored that the Syrian official delegation to Geneva-2 conference is authorized by the Syrian leadership to take any decision to end the ongoing crisis in the country.

Faisal al-Miqdad, who was speaking at a news conference held on Sunday, made it clear that the delegation represents the Syrian Arab Republic and not the regime.

"We are working for the success of the conference and we do not fear to discuss any topic," Faisal al-Miqdad said.

Humanitarian aid 

Commenting on humanitarian aid, he clarified that this topic is not the main topic in Geneva-2 conference, but we accepted to discuss it to reassure the Syrian citizens. Terrorism must be the first topic to be debated in the conference.

"Syria doesn't use the policy of hunger. We are really serious when we say that we are seeking to deliver bread to every citizen nationwide," al-Miqdad said, stressing that the terrorist groups hamper delivery of humanitarian aid to many areas.

Terrorists prevent families from leaving old city of Homs

"If terrorists allow the families in the old city of Homs to leave the flashpoint area, we will provide them with everything they need. Last month, we catered 4.000.000 food baskets to the areas in need and we exert every possible effort to deliver aid to every Syrian citizen nationwide," al-Miqdad said.

He added: "We came to the conference to explain the real image of what is going on in Syria to the public opinion which has been misled…Homs is our city and the havoc there is the result of shelling the armed groups."

Al-Miqdad , in addition, asserted that the sanctions imposed on Syria kill citizens and contradict the international law. "We call for lifting these sanctions. But this topic was not discussed in the meetings," he said.

Firm principles  

"We accept what is being accepted by the Syrian citizen, who we represent, and we do not accept any foreign solution.  Issues related to Syria's future cannot be discussed as the Syrian blood is still being shed," al-Miqdad said.

No children arrested

As for detainees file, he underlined that there are no children among detainees, adding that the terrorist groups have recruited children to kill soldiers and citizens. 

"We are open to discussion and we do not fear to tackle any topic because we see that this is the right way to find a way out of the crisis," al-Miqdad said.

He made a comparison between the Russian and US remarks on the talks by saying: "The Russian Foreign Minister has asserted that no talks with terrorists while the US officials call for negotiation with the terrorists."

12000 shells hit Damascus

"In the past 4 months, terrorists fired 12000 shells on Damascus province only," al-Miqdad said, adding that Saud Arabia has released thousands of prisoners and sent them to fight, alongside terrorists, in Syria.

 He called on the real Syrian opposition to sit down at the negotiation table.

Basma Qaddour

Syrian official delegation: "opposition" admits they have no control over armed groups

GENEVA, (ST) – A morning dialogue session between the Syrian Arab Republic’s delegation and the coalition delegation of the so-called “opposition” was held on Sunday in Geneva .

Lakhdar Brahimi ,the UN mediator to Syria attended the session.

During the session, the Syrian official delegation underlined  that the issue of delivering humanitarian aid has been underway for a year and a half – and not only delivering aid to Homs –  within the response plan set by Syria and the UN, and this issue is not related to the conception of Geneva conference.

The Syrian official delegation further underlined  that the entry of any convoy to any area in Syria at this time, before or after, is not related to Geneva, as it is the agreement of the state with the UN and Syria has been cooperating in this field for 2 years.

"the Syrian state does not distinguish between one citizen and another and it does not give precedence to an area over another. Hence, Adra al-Umalieh, al-Foa’a, Nubul and al-Zahra areas are the same as Homs, "insisted the delegation.

"In this respect, Barzah district is a good example to be followed in other areas. But, the coalition delegation talked only about the old city in Homs for half of the session and this causes bewilderment, "clarified the delegation.

The Syrian official delegation asked the coalition delegation to present a clear image of the gunmen they have control over in the Syrian territories; however the “opposition” delegation did not present anything and said that they have no control over the armed groups, and they can only contact themselves.

Here,the official delegation asked Brahimi how can the coalition delegation guarantee the implementation of any agreement.

The Syrian official delegation called for exerting pressure on the coalition delegation to free tens of people at Father Francis Church, by the coalition delegation evaded the issue.

The official delegations also  stressed readiness to evacuate any citizen, but the coalition delegation abstained from submitting any list.

"there is no problem with discussing any issue, but wondered how can any political course take place while terrorism is still present in Syria, "added the delegation.


Restoring stability to Syria priority, underlines Shaaban

Geneva, (ST)_ " Syria's official delegation came to Geneva for restoring security and stability to Syria while the other side showed no seriousness, "underscored Presidential Political and Media Advisor Dr. Bouthina Shaaban.

Speaking  to reporters in Geneva on Sunday, Shaaban clarified : " We will discuss all issues concerning the Syrian people and we will eye  priorities : stopping the suffering, ending terrorism and getting rid of the criminal mercenaries who came from all over the world to our country.

Shaaban made it clear that  Syria's official delegation didn't come to Geneva to deliver relief to a certain area, but to restore security and safety to all areas in Syria, discuss the security and humanitarian issues and then to review the political issue.

" how could we deliver aid to an area in  which the terrorists are wreaking havoc?"wondered Shaaban.


National Reconciliation Efforts Fruitful in Barza, Hundreds of Families Returned to Their Houses

DAMASCUS- Within the framework of fruitful national reconciliation efforts, hundreds of displaced families returned to their houses in Barza district of Damascus after the Syrian Arab Army had restored security to the area.

SANA correspondent said that hundreds of families returned to their home town of Barza within the framework of the government's national reconciliation efforts after they were displaced by the armed terrorist groups.

The correspondent added that the families entered their houses after concerned parties in Damascus governorate restored the services and the damaged infrastructure in the district.

H. Mustafa

Al-Zou'bi: Humanitarian Issue Should Be Approached as a Whole..Shaaban: We are to Focus on Ending Terrorism, Restoring Security in Syria

GENEVA- The humanitarian issue in Syria should be approached as a whole not selectively, Information Minister Omran al-Zou'bi affirmed to journalists in Geneva on Sunday.

Al-Zou'bi said: "There is a basis for Syria's dealing with terrorism. It behaves in accordance with the state's logic and gives a chance to the Syrians, who were misled, to repent and return to state's umbrella. However, the terrorist organizations, which have links with foreign intelligence bodies and the so-called opposition coalition, are the parties which we are fighting."

He pointed out that the armed terrorist groups have kidnapped thousands of people and that the so-called coalition should submit lists of their names and be responsible for their release.

Al-Zou'bi asserted that the United States, Turkey and Qatar are involved in a lot of events taking place in Syria through their intelligence bodies.

Shaaban: We Came to Geneva to Restore Security and Stability to Syria

For her part, the Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthina Shaaban stressed that the Syrian official delegation came to Geneva with the hope to restore security and stability to Syria, but the delegation of the other side shows no seriousness regarding this issue.

She clarified that the so-called "opposition coalition" delegation specified certain areas (Homs) for humanitarian assistance and ignored other areas in Syria.

"The Syrian official delegation didn't come to Geneva to help conveying relief aid to a specific area, but to restore security to all the Syrian territories," she said, asking "how assistance can reach an area under terrorists' control and where people are being sniped, killed and displaced."

  "We will discuss issues that concern the Syrian people with main focus on priorities like stopping the suffering, ending terrorism and getting rid of the criminal mercenaries who came to our country from everywhere," Shaaban added.

"We are here carrying the troubles of the Syrian people and also their aspirations to stop terrorism and rebuild Syria," Dr. Shaaban reiterated, assuring the Syrians that the delegation works confidently and constructively and it will never let the tears of martyrs' mothers, wives and children go in vain." 

H. Mustafa

Al-Zoubi: We are In Geneva to Launch a Realistic Political Action

GENEVA,(ST)_ Information Minister , who is also Vice-President of the Syrian official delegation to the Geneva Conference 2, Omran al-Zoubi said that the delegation is in Geneva to launch a realistic political action of concern to the Syrian affair  and not to  allow others to intervene , pointing out that the delegation is expected from the other team something like that .

" We are open to all discussions within the directions of the Syrian policy especially with regard to a statement of Geneva 1 and Syria 's declared reservations ," al-Zoubi said ," noting that "it is not permissible for the other party to be surprised by this position which was announced immediately and conveyed to the UN and major states on the reservations to Geneva 1st the statement . "

Al-Zoubi indicated that the UN envoy to Syria , Lakhdar Brahimi, spoke yesterday about the " half-step to complete the step " concerning the logistical preparations for today , but " the other delegation has a structural problem or internal blurred integrated political opinion, " adding that the coalition delegation of the so called " opposition " wasted time, and thereby violated the determinants contained in the UN letter of invitation.

Miqdad : We will build on the humble beginnings

Meantime, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Dr. Faisal al-Miqdad stressed that the Syrian leadership believes in the Syrian people to that getting it out of the disaster imposed by the old- new colonial circles on Syria is the core mission .

Miqdad told reporters today that the Syrian official delegation came to Geneva with a strong will and under the guidance and instruction of President Bashar al- Assad for the success of this conference .

" We hope to start today . Beginnings are usually modest in the political action, but we are optimistic and we will build on these humble beginnings because we want to get the Syrian people out of the disaster resulting from terrorist acts , especially as  many countries including Turkey , Saudi Arabia, France, Britain and the US are arming and funding terrorists in Syria and sending them to kill our children and destroy our schools and hospitals ." Miqdad stressed.
On the Syrian delegation meeting with of Russian and American delegations , Miqdad pointed out that bilateral meetings are taking place but " I assure you that the Syrian delegation did not meet with the U.S. delegation at all ."
He stressed that the will of people will eventually succeed by the end on this terrorism and murder , which has no sense.


T. Fateh

Syrian Arab Army Destroys Tens of Weapons-loaded Cars in Aleppo---Barzeh Locals Return Home

PROVINCES,(ST)_Destruction of dozens of weapons-laden cars for terrorists and elimination of terrorist groups outside Damascus, Idleb, Daraa provinces and in Homs and Aleppo provinces are the main results of today's operations, according to the official news agency. 

The agency also noted that hundreds of families returned  home in Barzeh quarter, just few kilometers from Damascus, within the national reconciliation.

In details, some 16 weaponry-loaded cars were destroyed by the army units in towns of Der Hafer, al-Msalmeyeh, Einjara, al-Hawoz in Aleppo countryside, according to a military source.

The source noted that tens of cars were also wiped out in Khan al-Assal, Kweris, Erbid and al-Jadedeh towns and in several quarters in the city of Aleppo.

It confirmed the death of scores of terrorists in qualitative operations in the southeastern countryside of Aleppo.

"The army units thwarted terrorists 'bid to infiltrate into safe areas in al-Layramon and clashed with terrorists trying to attack locals in al-Khedr Street in Salaheddin quarter," the source said, adding that many terrorists were killed and injured there.

In another development, it was reported that the army units pounded several terrorists' hideouts in Idleb, Homs and Daraa provinces and outside Damascus.

An unknown number of terrorists, some belong to the so-called the 'Islamic Front' and al-Nusra Front, perished in the said provinces.

Syria is fighting terrorism exported from 83 countries.

The US, France, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar sponsor the terrorist groups operating in Syria, media reports say.