President Al-Assad to Brahimi: Only the Syrians Have the Right to Draw Up Syria's Future


DAMASCUS, (ST) - President Bashar al-Assad has affirmed that the success of any political solution must be associated with halting the support provided to terrorist groups and with pressuring the countries which sponsor theses groups, facilitate the entry of terrorists and mercenaries into Syria and supply them with arms, money and logistic aid.

 President Al-Assad was speaking to the UN Syria Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi during a meeting on Wednesday. He was briefed by Brahimi on the results of his tour in a number of countries in the region within the framework of the ongoing preparations to hold the International Conference on Syria in Geneva.

"Halting support for terrorists and pressuring terrorism-sponsoring countries are major steps to create a suitable environment for dialogue," said President Al-Assad.

He reiterated that the Syrian people are the only party which has the right to draw up Syria's future and that any solution to be attained or agreed on must enjoy the acceptance of the Syrians and must embody their aspirations away from any form of foreign interference.

For his part, Brahimi said that the efforts exerted to hold Geneva 2 conference focus on how to provide the opportunity for the Syrians themselves to meet, talk and agree on solving the crisis as soon as possible and to draw an image of Syria's future.

The meeting was attended by Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban, and Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Faisal Mikdad. 

H. Mustafa         

Syrian Arab army mows down 20 terrorists in checkpoint attack, repels infiltration bid into Abo al-Dohor airbase


PROVINCES,(ST)_While units of the armed forces eliminate 38 terrorists in Hama and Aleppo provinces, several gunmen in al-Moaddameyeh area outside Damascus have surrendered their weapons and joined citizens in new evacuation process, according to media reports.

The official news agency reported today that at least 20 terrorists were mowed down in a clash that raged between an army unit and an armed terrorist group which tried to attack a checkpoint at the entry of Morek in northern Hama countryside.

A military source clarified that most of the terrorists killed in the clash were of Kuwaiti and Egyptian nationalities.

Other 18 terrorists were reportedly killed and 4 weapons-laden cars were destroyed in the surrounding of Aleppo central prison where military operations continued against foreign-backed terrorist groups.

The terrorist groups lost more weapons including rocket launchers and mortars in operations conducted on alNaqqarin-AlKastillo road in Aleppo province and in Duma and farms of Htaitet al-Terkman in Damascus countryside.

There were also a series of tailored operations in towns of Andan, Erbid, al-Jadedeh, Kweris outside Aleppo province and in al-Qalamon area outside Damascus as well as in suburbs of al-Qabon, Barzeh, and Jobar, just few kilometers to the north-east of the capital [Damascus].

Western Ghouta

An unknown number of terrorists died in the operations launched in the said areas and in Darayya city, around 10 km to the south-west of Damascus, where the armed forces hunted down terrorist groups on several axes.

The ringleader of the so-called military council in Darayya was injured, an official source said.

In another development, the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV channel said that several gunmen in al-Moaddameyeh area, around 5 km to the west of Darayya city, surrendered their weapons and joined citizens in a new evacuation process.


Moving 160 km to the north Damascus, precisely in central Homs province, the armed warded off terrorists' attack on al-Raqqa town near al-Waer quarter and wiped out terrorist groupings in quarters of al-Waer, al-Qarabis, al-Warsheh, al-Qosor and Joret al-Shayyah as well as in towns of al-Dar al-Kabira, Kesin, al-Ghasebeyeh, and Ein Hsien.

The same province (Homs) witnessed rocket and mortar attacks on alley of al-Mohajerin and al-Ber hospital in al-Waer quarter.

The rockets and shells, fired by terrorists, caused material damages at the scene. No casualties were reported.


Back to results of today's operations in other provinces, the Syrian TV channel confirmed the death of many terrorists when the armed forces obliterated hideouts in more than 30 areas in Idlib and Daraa provinces.

The TV channel added that the armed forces thwarted terrorists' bid to sneak into Abo al-Dohor airbase- outside Idlib province- from northern, eastern and southern sides.

Meanwhile, Alikhbaria al-Soreyeh TV channel cited clashes in al-Jbeleh and al-Reshdeyeh areas in Der Ezzour province where at least 11 terrorists were eliminated.    

B. Qaddour

Al-Attar: intellectuals play pivotal role in confronting aggression on Syria

Damascus (ST)-Vice-President Najah al-Attar has highlighted the deep historical, cultural and human ties with the Iranian resistant people, underlining the role played by the intellectuals and writers in confronting aggression on Syria that targets the axis of steadfastness and resistance. 

Meeting the delegation of Iranian intellectuals who participated in a conference on "The Intellectuals' Role in Consolidating the Syrian People's Steadfastness", al-Attar hailed the Syrian and Iranian intellectuals who mobilized all their capabilities to convey the real image of what is going on in Syria within the framework of confronting the media front involved in the bloodshed of the Syrian people and targeting the Arab and Islamic culture as well as spreading moral disintegration. 

Al-Attar referred to the practices of the terrorist groups backed by foreign mercenaries in destroying civil sites, including churches, mosques, universities, schools and the residential areas.  

The Vice-President reviewed the great achievements made by the Syrian army in defense of the homeland, affirming that the intellectuals and writers who carry a sublime message are defending Syria because of the cultural values it embodies.

``The Arab League is part of the conspiracy hatched against Syria, but it has failed, thanks to the great unity of the Syrian people, army and leadership``, al-Attar said, reiterating that Syria has refused abandoning its relations with Iran and stop supporting resistance.

In return,  members of the Iranian delegation stressed that the conference was rich in terms of the proposals and views raised, pointing out that the Syrians' steadfastness has added new meanings to the concept of resistance in the face of the worst of wars carried out by extremists of various inclinations.

I. Abdulkareem.

President Al-Assad issues decree No.701

DAMASCUS, (ST) - President Bashar Al-Assad on Tuesday issued legislative decree no. 701 for 2013.

The decree provides for  granting a general amnesty for crimes committed before 29/10/2013.

The decree also grants general amnesty from punitive measures for violations of the military service laws, including deserters inside and outside Syria if they rejoin the service.

However, the amnesty doesn't cover deserters who are evading the law unless they turn themselves in within 30 days if they are in Syria and within 90 days if they are abroad. 


Deputy PM for Economic Affairs dismissed


DAMASCUS, (ST)- A presidential decree was  issued  on Tuesday on removing  Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Qadri Jamil from his office.

"Jamil was discharged because he left his center of work without  prior permission and did not follow up on his duties ….Additionally ,he undertook activities outside Syria without coordinating with the government and overstepping the institutional work and the state's hierarchy,"said a statement released by the cabinet's presidency. 


Al-Moallem : Syria to participate in Geneva conference

DAMASCUS, (ST) – "Syria will participate in the Geneva conference only on the basis of the Syrian people's exclusive right to decide upon their political future and choosing their leadership. Furthermore, any form of foreign interference is rejected and the  dialogue in Geneva will be between Syrians under the Syrian flag ," underscored Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem.

Al-Moallem's remark was made during his meeting  on Tuesday with  UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi .

The meeting's top agenda was discussing efforts for holding the international conference on Syria in Geneva.

The Deputy Prime Minister made it clear that Syria is  rejected  all statements and declarations issued under various titles  and headlines, including the London statement, on the future of Syria, saying that these statements infringe upon the rights of the Syrian people and preempt the results of a dialogue among Syrians that hasn't even started yet.

The UN envoy ,for his part, reviewed the results of his tour in the region and the efforts to hold the Geneva conference, underlying that he came to Damascus to prepare for the Geneva conference .

 " only Syrians can decide upon Syria's future, "stressed Ibrahimi.

Both sides were identical as regards halting  violence and terrorism and respect Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity.


Brahimi: Reports on President Al-Assad's Role in Transitional Era Not Precise

DAMASCUS- (ST)- UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi denies media reports on President Bashar al-Assad's role in the transitional era and stresses that only the Syrians decide this.

In a statement on Tuesday Brahimi, who is visiting Syria, dismissed as "absolutely not precise" reports by some Arab and foreign media outlets quoting him on President Al-Assad's role in the transitional era in Syria.

He stressed that only the Syrians can decide who will lead the transitional era in the light of Geneva 2 conference.

Brahimi said: "We are preparing for Geneva2 which will bring together Syrian parties to specify features of the transitional era and the stage after".

On Monday, Brahimi arrived in Damascus to meet senior Syrian officials for talks on the situation in Syria and preparations to hold Geneva2 conference.

H. Moustafa