UN resolution on Syria says nothing about terrorism ,says Haddad

MOSCOW,(ST)-It is no coincidence that the UN General Assembly approved the resolution against the Syrian government on the eve of the convention of a peace conference on Syria, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary ambassador of Syria in Russia Riad Haddad said in an interview with the “Voice of Russia”.

The resolution that was approved yesterday (Wednasday)directly supports those terrorist armed groups, which are currently operating  in Syria. It is remarkable that they chose this particular time for this confrontation and are coming up with such a resolution now. This was done in order to slam the door in the face of a political settlement of crisis in Syria.It is also noticeable that the resolution takes into account the view of only one party. The document says nothing about the terrorist who are currently active in Syria. When we say that Syria’s government is responsible for everything which is going on there that is a big mistake, a huge misunderstanding of what is going on in our country. In fact that is a new stage of the conspiracy against our country.

Asked if Syria  counting on the assistance of the Russian leadership,Hadfdad replied":We have been in touch with our friends in Moscow from the very beginning of the crisis. During our meeting with them it was clear from the very start that they were well informed about what was going on in Syria".

Indeed, we highly appreciate the position of the Russian Federation and are counting on its assistance. All the efforts Russia is taking now are aimed at solving the crisis peacefully, in line with the international law and the UN Charter.


Al-Halqi Receives Engineers,Contractors

DAMASCUS, (ST) – "the cabinet is serious ,sincere and transparent concerning the dialogue with all sides ,political parties and vocational unions in a bid to forma common vision that secures the appropriate atmosphere to make the national dialogue a success," said Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi .

'the national dialogue is based on the political programme that includes rejecting violence and foreign intervention in Syria's internal affairs, "affirmed al-Halqi.

Al-Halq's comments came during a meeting held on Thursday between the Ministerial Committee entrusted with materializing  the political program to resolve the crisis with members of the Engineers Syndicate and the Construction Contractors Association Executive Bureau..

The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the vocational unions' role as regards enhancing the dialogue's culture ,rejecting violence ,calling for amity, tolerance and mobilizing creative national potentials so as to employ these capabilities in the service of homeland .

Al-Halqi briefed the committee's guests  on  the procedures and meetings of the ministerial committee with all political parties and figures and professional syndicates to find common denominators that would help create suitable ground for  the success of  the national dialogue .

Members of the executive office, for their part, voiced  their support to the political program to resolve the crisis and their support to the government to implement the program on the ground.

They stated their viewpoints about the crisis, stressing the national principles of the Syrian people and rejection of foreign interference in Syria's internal affairs.


Syrian Arab army continue fighting terrorists in Aleppo, Homs, Daraa

PROVINCES,(ST)_Military sources underscore the death of large number of terrorists from al-Nusra Front outside Damascus, Der Ezzour and Idleb provinces whilst units of armed forces continue confronting terrorist groups' attack on Aleppo prison.

In details, the units of armed forces targeted today (Thursday) terrorist groupings in al-Hseneyeh, al-Bweda, Adra and Rankos areas outside the capital, killing and injuring a big number of al-Nusra Front-affiliated terrorists.

In the Eastern Der Ezzour province, members of a terrorist group were eliminated when they tried to attack a military post in al-Mre'eyeh town in the countryside.

The terrorists' weapons were also destroyed.

Meanwhile, other units of armed forces pounded two hideouts of terrorists in Mohsen town and the eastern al-Hweqa alley in the same province and clashed with terrorist groups in alleys of al-Sena'a and al-Rdisat.

In Idleb countryside, several hideouts of terrorists were shelled in Ale, Haj Hammod Farm, Taftenaz, M'arretmestrin, Kafer Roma and Tal Salmo areas.

All terrorists' weapons were destroyed and a mortar was seized, according to SANA.

Aleppo central prison

In the northern Aleppo province, the units of armed forces continue fighting terrorists near the central prison for the second day running, according to the Syrian alikhbaria al-Soyeyeh TV channel.

"So thus, the fighting ended in killing many of terrorists and destroying 5 mortars, 6 anti-aircraft guns, and 3 armored vehicles which were used by the terrorists," a military source told the TV. Channel.

Clashes in Homs, Daraa

However, the central Homs province saw fierce fighting between units of armed forces and terrorists in Wadi al-Sayeh, Bab Hod, Joret al-Shayyah, and al-Qarabis areas resulted in killing unknown number of terrorists.

Other terrorists were eliminated in the army's shelling which targeted terrorists' hideouts in Talbiseh, al-Dar al-Kabir, al-Ghanto, the eastern al-Bweda, al-Rastan, and Kyesin areas in Homs countryside.

In the southern Daraa province, the units of armed forces clashed with terrorist groups that tried to attack one of the military posts from the side of the western al-Mliha, al-Kark and al-Hrak areas.

Syria is facing a foreign-backed war that aims to weaken the Syrian Arab army and destroy national economy to serve Israel's interests in the region.

The US, France, Britain, Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia fund and support the terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizen and destroy Syria's infrastructure.


Grand Mufti: Syria Facing War Aiming to Undermine Resistance, Unity Culture

BEIRUT, (ST) -  Syria has been paying dearly for the regionally-backed incitement and sedition schemes against the country, said  Syria's Grand Mufti Ahmad Badruddin Hassoun on Thursday.

During the meeting of the Good Offices Committee of the 26th International Islamic Unity Conference in Beirut, Mufti Hassoun described what is going on in Syria as a war waged against the country to undermine the culture of resistance, unity and coexistence Syria has for long been defending.

The Mufti stressed that the role of religious men in good offices is to urge all thinkers in the Arab and Islamic world to hold dialogue so as to prove that all Moslems and Arabs are  targeted.

Hassoun urged the development of new curricula to reconsider the sectarian thinking which has been politically exploited by conspirators to achieve their evil designs in the country.

The Grand Mufti pointed out that tens of satellite channels are being watched in the Arab and Islamic worlds.  "All of them are politically motivated working under the cover of religion to provoke chaos and incitement in the Islamic world," he added.

During the meeting, Deputy Secretary General of Hizbollah Sheiklh Na'eem Qasem said that there is a west-made decision aiming at snatching Syria from the heart of resistance equation, stressing that the only way out of the crisis in Syria is to attain a political solution that halts  the state of "violence" which serves Israel only.   

According to Qasem, the United States is keen to serve the Israeli project in the region, so it can't be an honest mediator seeking the attainment of peaceful settlement in Syria.

For his part, Secretary General of the World Assembly for Convergence among Islamic Sects, Sheikh Mohsen al-Araki condemned the extremist, takfiri and terrorist movements which aim at fueling sedition among peoples of the Islamic nation, urging honest men of religion to spare no effort to silence the sedition calls made by some "religious" men.

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Sweida Honors Nation’s Martyrs

SWEIDA, (ST)-Martyrs are the most generous and the noblest of all, as they sacrifice for the homeland to live in dignity.

Many different activities were held in all Syrian cities by government and civil society bodies to honor the nation’s martyrs.

The governorate of Al – Sweida celebrated martyrdom by holding an exhibition for artistic works glorifying martyrs.  The event was organized by a number of educated people including teachers and artists.

Nadiem Al –Safadi, an organizer, said the exhibition was held to appreciate martyrs' sacrifices, particularly within the critical circumstances Syria is experiencing.

'' The homeland is currently passing through an ordeal and this exhibition constitutes a simple contribution to the efforts aiming at confronting the foreign conspiracy that has been targeting our stability and security'', Al- Safadi said.

He added ''in this exhibition we wanted to give priority to the key role youths must play in revealing the real causes of the crisis and in standing against the homeland's enemies''.

 Among the exhibits werea beautiful solid representing the Damascene rose which symbolizes peace, tolerance and love, in addition to basalt sculpts that glorify the homeland and martyrdom.

Sculptor Samir Saleh said “my participation in the exhibition aimed at expressing my support for my homeland and my people in the face of the crisis.I also wanted to express my loyalty to my beloved Syria.''

He added that every Syrian, from his/her position, should contribute to confronting the current ordeal, urging the Syrian people to keep their adherence to preserving national unity.

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Syrian Arab army crush terrorists near Aleppo prison and military airports

PROVINCES,(ST)_Units of armed forces advance in Damascus countryside and confront terrorist groups' attacks on military airports and prison in Aleppo and Idleb provinces.

A n official source stressed on Wednesday that the Syrian Arab army imposed full control over al-Jarba and al-Bahhareya towns in the Eastern Ghouta, outside the capital, after cleansing them of terrorists.

"All terrorists' hideouts were pounded in qualitative operations carried out by the units of armed forces in the two towns, and big quantity of sophisticated weapons were confiscated," the source said.

The army's today-advance enhances the previous victories in the Eastern Ghouta in which al-Abbada, al-Ghrefa and al-Etaibeh towns became safe few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, the armed forces targeted terrorist groupings in other areas in the same province (Damascus countryside), including Jobar, Doma, Adra and Barzeh.

Unknown number of terrorists were  reportedly killed in the said areas.

In the northern Aleppo province, the units of armed forces killed today many terrorists, who tried to attack Aleppo central prison.

An official source dismissed reports that the armed terrorist groups captured part of the prison as "baseless", saying that such reports aim to buoy up the spirit of terrorists, who are getting knockout blows from the Syrian Arab army.

Fighting in Aleppo

On the other hand, fighting continued between the armed forces and the foreign-backed terrorist groups in Khan al-assal, Sheikh Saed , al-Dwireneh, and al-Layramon areas outside Aleppo.

In Idleb province, the units of armed forces eliminated members of a terrorist group when they tried to come near Abo al-Dohor military airport from the west-south side.

In the central Homs province, it was reported that al-Mas'odeyeh School in Bab Hod alley had been cleansed of terrorists whilst a unit of armed forces targeted an armed terrorist group in al-Khaledeyeh town.

Elsewhere, the armed forces shelled al-Nusra Front-affiliated terrorists' hideouts in al-Zwik and al-Mrij areas in Lattakia countryside.

Non-Syrian terrorists are among the killed ones in the said areas.

4 citizens martyred in blasts

 In a separate incident, terrorists separately detonated explosive devices attached to two cars in the capital.

A physician working for Ibn al-Nafis Hospital was wounded when one of the explosive devices, which was attached to his car in Mazzeh Vellat, detonated.

The other explosive device was attached to a private car and it was detonated when it arrived in Omayyad square. A citizen was martyred and anther one wounded.

More martyrs were fallen when a suicide terrorist blasted a car on Mesyaf-Homs road.

The blast caused martyrdom of three citizens and wounded of other ones as well as massive damages at the scene.

Syria is facing a foreign-backed war that aims to weaken the Syrian Arab army and destroy national economy to serve Israel's interests in the region.

The US, France, Britain, Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia fund and support the terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizen and destroy Syria's infrastructure


Al-Jaafari: draft resolution on Syria fuels violence

NEW YORK,(ST)_Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations has censured the Wednesday's draft resolution on Syria, stressing that it aims to fuel violence in Syria.

Addressing the UN General Assembly in a session held today (Wednesday) to debate a draft resolution on Syria,  Bashar al-Jaafari said: "It is absolutely astonishing that a draft resolution presented to the UN under the title 'prevention of armed conflict' while its content contradicts the title and the noble goal of it."

The draft resolution, he added, aims to escalate the crisis and fuel violence in Syria through legitimizing the act of supplying terrorist groups in Syria with weapons and passing illegitimacy recognition of specific party from outside opposition on the pretext of being "legitimate representative of Syrian people".

Al-Jaafari clarified that this specific party (the Syrian opposition coalition formed in Doha), which is not united and has no Head, doesn't represent the opposition outside Syria or inside it.

"Giving Syria's seat on the Arab League to the 'Doha Coalition' and the attempt to involve the UN in giving false position to it seek to hinder the process of resolving the crisis and undermine the Syrian state."

AL destructive role

The Syrian representative also noted the destructive role of the AL led by Qatar and Saudi Arabia and the new member, Turkey, against Syria, saying that the AL has legitimized the act of arming terrorists.

"Under the international law, this means funding terrorism," al-Jaafari said.

He added that some states, which claim working to achieve freedom and democracy in Syria, prevent the people from choosing their representatives and leader.

Al-Jaafari, in addition, stressed that some states tirelessly work to abort the peaceful political solution to the crisis in Syria.

"For example, today's draft resolution is a swimming against a  current in the light of the US-Russian accord which the Syrian government had welcomed," he concluded.

The resolution condemned

The draft resolution was denounced by several representatives to the UN during their speeches in today's session. 

Deputy of Russia's Representative to the UN said: "The draft resolution is irresponsible. It fuels situation in Syria and hinders international efforts that seek to implement the Geneva Communiqué."

China's Representative, for his part, said:"China believes that political solution is the only outlet for the ongoing crisis in Syria… the new draft resolution distress us."

South Africa's Representative said: "We are disappointed at the resolution as it's biased and imbalanced. It fuels situations in Syria."

Iran's Representative said: " It undermines international efforts to bring about political solution to the crisis in Syria and breaches the UN charter and international law…it turns blind eye to armed groups' terrorist acts… Iran opposes it (the draft resolution)."

Venezuela's Representative said: "The resolution is biased and imbalanced ....it is a breach of the Syrian sovereignty and affect international security and stability."

Bolivia's Representative said:" We oppose the draft resolution on Syria because it has not been discussed transparently and it did not take our worries into consideration…it doesn't put an end to violence.. rather, it obstacles efforts being exerted to reach solution."


Basma Qaddour