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AL Decisions Are Null, Void , of No Legal Effect –Ahmad

Damascus, (ST) _Ambassador Yusuf Ahmed stressed that Arab League replacement of a lifeless entity  by  a legitimate state with full sovereignty is illegal unprecedented act   that  allows all oppositions in all Arab countries to claim what  Istanbul Council gets in its new  formula.
In an interview with al-Mayadeen TV Channel on Monday,  Ahmad  said that  the purpose of this act is to  step Syria away from their meetings , noting that the AL  has made itself a party to the crisis in Syria and not part of the solution considering that  Syria views  any decision taken by the AL  at  different levels  as null and void and of no legal effect.

Ahmed added that the AL 's recent  decision to call on  arming  terrorist groups in Syria is dangerous and blatantly violates the AL Charter , adding that suspending the   participation of the Syrian delegations to the AL meetings  aims to  liquidate the Palestinian cause at the decision of the US, the Western countries and Israel.
Ahmed explained that the  practices of the Arab League towards the crisis in Syria was governed by four factors :   Saudi and Qatari led -Gulf  flagrant violation of the AL decisions in order to impose a political agenda linked to the interests of US and the West; absolute subordination of the AL 's Secretary-General and his assistants to what is  dictated by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC); the negative interaction of most Arab states by virtue of  their political or economic crises ; and the humble role  of few  Arab countries that refuse Gulf dominance  but are unable to prevent  statements and resolutions passed by the AL, including   Iraq, Algeria, and  Lebanon, to a certain extent.

Ahmed pointed out Qatar and  Saudi Arabia scheme  aims to bring discord into the region to implement American-Israeli agendas.


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Syrian UN Association debates political plan with committee concerned




DAMASCUS,(ST)_Prime Minister, once again, appealed to all loyal Syrian citizens including coordination committees  and gunmen, who lay down their weapons, to take part in the political process to surpass the ongoing crisis in the country.

Dr. Wael al-Halqi's remark came during a meeting held on Monday between the ministerial committee entrusted with materializing the endorsed three-stage political plan and the Board of Directors of the Syrian UN Association.

According to SANA, talks between the two sides revolved around steps taken thus far to pave the ground for launching national dialogue, political and economic situation in the country, and role of the Association in international activities and the Syrian society. .

The Association, which seeks to cement ties with the UN system and the Syrian Arab Republic, aims also to consolidate dialogue and peaceful co-existence as well as cooperation among peoples under the UN charter and international law principles.

Professor George Jabbor heads the Syrian UN Association.

On January 9th, 2013, the cabinet endorsed the political plan outlined by President Bashar al-Assad in January 6th-speech to resolve the crisis in Syria.

The ministerial committee, which was formed to implement the plan, 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  





President Al-Assad Appoints Hasaka Governor


DAMASCUS,(ST)-President Bashar Al-Assad today issued decree No.119 of the year 2013.

The decree provides for appointing judge Mohammad Za'al al-Ali as governor of Hasaka.


Rocket launcher and arsenals shelled in several provinces

PROVINCES,(ST)_Armed forces carried out on Monday series of qualitative operations in Jobar area in Damascus countryside, destroying explosive devices arsenal.

In Darayya, to the south east of the capital, the armed forces hunted down terrorists in several sites and killed most of them.

Meanwhile, many of terrorist groupings and arsenals in countryside of Lattakia, Idleb and Homs were shelled.

A rocket launcher in al-Rahmaleya village in Latttakia countryside was destroyed and a number of non Syrian snipers were also killed there.

In addition, the armed forces repelled terrorists' attempt to blast 5 explosive devices, of the weight 40-50 kg each, planted between two villages (Orm al-Joz and Kafer Shalaya) in Idleb countryside.

 The Syrian Arab Army is fighting foreign-backed terrorists to restore stability and security all over the homeland.

The terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizens and destroy the country's infrastructure, are funded and supported by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, and the US.


2 citizens martyred, 7 wounded in fresh mortar attacks

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ A citizen was martyred and other seven were wounded in mortar shells hit surrounding of the Opera House in Damascus.

Terrorists fired today (Monday) several mortar rounds on the surrounding of the Opera House, according to SANA.  

The Syrian al-Ikhbareia TV channel's cameramen and his assistant, who arrived at the scene to shoot aftermath of the terrorist act, are reportedly among the wounded.

The terrorist attack caused serious material damages in the Opera House.

Elsewhere, a mortar round landed near "Omaya" School in Baghdad Street in Damascus leaving material damages.

On the other hand, an official source said that terrorists detonated an explosive device attached to a private car at al-Azbakeya station in Damascus. The driver was martyred.


Mortar shells hit Damascus, wounding 10 citizens

DAMASCUS,(ST)-Terrorists fired on Sunday several mortar rounds on different areas in Damascus.

At least ten citizens were lightly wounded in Kiwan area and near Higher Education Ministry's headquarters in Damascus in two mortar attacks launched by terrorists today afternoon.

According to SANA, several mortar rounds landed in Kiwan area where five citizens were wounded and four cars were burnt.

However, the other five citizens were wounded near Higher Education Ministry's headquarters when a mortar round landed there. Two cars were also damaged at the scene.

It was also reported that a mortar round landed on the surrounding of Radio and TV General Commission building causing material damages.

Other three mortar rounds landed on al-Abbaseyen area leaving material damages.

On the other hand, the Syrian TV channel reported that the competent authorities, in Hama, dismantled a booby-trapped car carrying 17 explosive devices, each one weights 1300 kg.  


National dialogue forum kicks off in Damascus




DAMASCUS,(ST)_The two-day national dialogue Forum kicked off on Sunday at Dama Rose Hotel in Damascus with participation of a number of national parties, activists and personalities.

The conferees are to debate the endorsed three-stage political plan for resolving the crisis in Syria, constitution, national charter, time table of implementing  each stage, laws of election, media and parties, road map drawn up by the national opposition forces conference to safely surpass the crisis.

The forum spokesman, Adel Naeesa, said: "Building modern Syria requires dialogue and discussion of constitution and laws of media, elections and local administration," adding that freedom should be based on principles of development, justice, fair distribution of national wealth.

Building trust

National Reconciliation Minister, Ali Haidar, reiterated that the only way to solve the ongoing crisis is through political solution national dialogue among the Syrian people."

"Those who reject sitting on negotiation under false pretexts are responsible for blood shedding in Syria," the minister said.

He considers the forum as a real opportunity to build trust among Syrians and a step forwards to confront strict people everyplace to halt destruction.

"Dialogue is unconditional and excludes no one… Syrian people, themselves, are to judge actions not intentions," Haidar said, citing that the whole world is investing and exploiting the crisis to rebuild a new system.

He made comparison between the dirty role of the US, France, Britain, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia which are involved in shedding blood in Syria, and the constructive role of Russia, Iran and BRICS which insist on lending Syrian people a helping hand to surpass the crisis.

Secretary General of the Syrian Communist Party, Ammar Bekdash, said that dialogue is not an emergency process; rather it is a firm policy to be followed. "Democracy means dialogue".

He pointed out the successful experience of the party's alliance with the Progressive National Front's parties, citing that the party is ready to hold talks with all citizens.


Bekdash also talked about an important point related to logical synchronization between terrorism-supporter states' adherence to halt funding gunmen and halting gunmen's terrorist acts.

Member of the Baath Arab Socialist Party's Central Committee, Dr. Khalil Mash'hadeya, said: "the forum would pave the ground for holding a comprehensive national dialogue," asserting need for cooperation with friendly regional and international efforts to abort conspiracy.

Russia and Iran

Russia's Ambassador in Damascus called for unifying efforts of the national opposition that rejects violence, extremism and foreign meddling, and seeks to comprehensive dialogue.

"The main task now is to halt violence and head towards dialogue under Geneva Communique without pre-conditions to bring about political solution to the crisis," the ambassador said.

He underscored that parties which opposes political settlement are behind increasing violence, noting that the scholar Dr. Mohammad Ramadan al-Bouti was assassinated because he called for dialogue and peace.

The Russian official said that his country will go ahead with calling for launching comprehensive dialogue and halting violence in cooperation with the Syrian government and all states that stand by reaching political settlement to the crisis.

The Iranian Ambassador's Assistant, for his part, said: "Today-forum in which the Syrian people's real representatives are taking part would lead Syria to victory," adding that supplying opposition with arms would complicate  the matter.

Coordination commission absence

Member of national dialogue committee, Tareq al-Ahmad, wondered whether the conferees in today's  forum do represent no one in Syria so as Europe and the Arab League claim that Doha-formed coalition is the only and legitimate representative of the Syrians.

He, in addition, wondered at absence of coordination commission which was calling for holding such meeting.

All participating parities' representatives gave speeches, stressing importance of the forum.

Basma Qaddour