Lavrove: Geneva Declaration to Solve the Crisis in Syria


CAIRO, MOSCOW, (ST)- Russain Foreign Minister, Sergi Lavrove, has assured the importance of adopting Geneva Declaration as a basis to solve the crisis in Syria, clarifying that who contradicts this declaration will be responsible for the more victims to fall in Syria.

In a joint press conference with llhis Egyptain counterpart in Cairo, Mohammed Kamel Amro, Lavrove noted that some of Russia's partners in the work group meeting about Syria try to disclaim of what Geneva Declaration said and evade of their responsibility to press the opposition groups to stop violence and start dialogue to find a political solution in Syria.

"Russia is carrying out its commitments regarding Geneva Declaration as to work with all parties concerned both the government and the opposition. We have no decisive effect on the opposition but those who have such effect should exert efforts to implement the items of Geneva Declaration," Lavrove said.

Some of the participants in the Geneva meeting, Lavrove added, are trying to unify the opposition not for starting a political dialogue but to continue fighting and violence.

In reply to a question about secret negotiations between Russia and the US regarding the Syrian leadership, Lavrove denied such negotiations with any one about the future of the Syrian leadership, adding that what is important to us is the destiny of the Syrian people and putting an end to its suffering.     

  Russian Foreign Minister Sergi Lavrov has urged all parties involved in the crisis in Syrian to convince Syrian sides to ceasefire and sit down for dialogue.

In a press conference in Cairo on Sunday, Lavrov ruled out the possibility of military solution to the crisis in Syria, stressing that “Russia is the only country which deals with both the Syrian government and the “opposition” on the basis of Geneva Document.”

The Syrian crisis is a source of worry to us as “it has negative impacts on regional stability and on Syria’s neighboring countries,” Lavrov said.

“Some countries which participated in Geneva meeting didn’t commit themselves to the Geneva Declaration and don’t negotiate with the Syrian government, but they encourage the opposition’s armed operations and this “will unfortunately have grave consequences,” Lavrov said

For his part, Lakhdar Ibrahim, the UN Syria Envoy, said there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria, warning that the crisis will expand to neighboring countries and even beyond if it is not solved.

Ibrahimi stressed that following the contacts he made with concerned parties in  Syria and abroad he became more convinced that the “Geneva accord” and its Document issued  on June 30th   2012, has got many items which stress the necessity of drawing up a plan for political solution that satisfy the Syrian people.” Ibrahim said.

For his part, the Deputy Russian Foreign Minister, Michael Bogdanov stressed that Moscow insists on implementing the principles of Geneva Document to solve the crisis in Syrian and called for reactivating the document by a UN Security Council resolution.

“The Syrian government had agreed on the Document, but the fragmented “opposition” didn’t commit itself to it.”

“Moscow is ready to take part in the Ankara-proposed tripartite format of the Syrian political settlement involving Russia, Turkey and Iran,"  Bogdanov  said.

“We welcome any format and are prepared to join this Troika as, in our opinion, any dialogue formats and models of communication and exchange of opinions are positive and suitable for sharing our views and forecasts and for finding mutually acceptable solutions to extremely difficult problems Syria has encountered,” he added.


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Iran's Vice President: Syria Will Emerge from Crisis More Powerful




TEHRAN, (ST)- Syria will overcome the current crisis and emerge victorious and more powerful than before, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Riza Rahimi has stressed.

During his meeting Wednesday with Syria's Oil Minister Sa'eid Hanidi, Rahimi, reiterated Iran's full support for Syria, affirming that Syria will undoubtedly defeat enemies and conspirators.

"The victory of Syria is a victory for all-freedom-loving peoples and a defeat to America and the Zionism," Rahimi added.

Earlier, Hanidi met with the Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi who renewed his country's call for adherence to the political solution of the crisis in Syria.

"Developments in Syria have serious impacts on neighboring countries and the entire region," Salehi warned, regretting the armed terrorist groups' repeated violations of Eid al-Adha truce and stressing that the "opposition's" non-commitment to ceasefire has proved the credibility of the Syrian Government and people's stances.

Salehi also confirmed Iran's readiness to upgrade bilateral cooperation.

Chairman of the Iranian National Security Supreme Council M, Saeed Jalili, underlined during his meeting with Minister Hanidi that the conspiracies being hatched against Syria aim to avenge this country for its resistance stances against the Zionist entity.

"Syria's steadfastness in the face of plots led the imperialist countries to realize that the only way to settle the crisis in Syria is to go back to the negotiation table," Jalili said, stressing Iran's support for Syria's confrontation of the terrorist designs and its rejection of foreign intervention in the Syrian affairs.

Speaker of the Iranian Shoura Council, Ali Larijani, also stressed, during his meeting with the Syrian Oil Minister, that Iran rejects all forms of violence and supports dialogue in Syria, pointing out that the Syrian Government and people pay highly for their resisting stances.

The Oil Minister had an earlier meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Rustom Qasemi, during which they discussed ways of enhancing bilateral relations.

Hanidi highly appreciated the Iranian support for Syria in her confrontation of  imperialist schemes, stressing that Syria has carried out wide political and constitutional reforms.

Hanidi pointed out that the Syrian people had proved great ability to confront enemies' attempts to fragment Syria, stressing the Syrian people rejection of foreign intervention.

Recently, Syria and Iran endorsed several memos of cooperation understanding in water, power and health sectors.

 Hamda Moustaf




Gazans produce fish and vegetables in tiny rooftop spaces

 Abu Ahmed looks out over a sea of grey, empty Gaza rooftops, and smiles as he looks back at the lush greenery sprouting in tubs and pipes on top of his apartment building.

He is part of a United Nations agency project to introduce cutting-edge urban agriculture to Gaza City, teaching Palestinians to farm without soil in the space available to them in one of the world’s most densely populated places.

 Most of his rooftop is given over to an aquaponic system, which produces food by linking fish tanks of tilapia with gravel-filled planters.

 The integrated system feeds the water from the fish tanks into the plant beds, where Abu Ahmed’s crops – lettuce, peppers, broccoli, celery and herbs — are fertilised by waste produced by the tilapia.

 As the water trickles through the gravel, the plants absorb nutrients from the fish waste, cleaning the water, which then replenishes the tanks.

“The idea really was to help the poorest people in Gaza be able to grow some of their own food, and healthy food, grown without pesticides,” explains Mohammed El Shatali, the project’s deputy manager.

 For Abu Ahmed, the project has been a major success.

 In Gaza’s main towns and cities, empty land is being eaten up by the construction of multi-storey apartment buildings, leaving little space for agriculture.

 The challenges prompted the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to look for new ways to maximise crop production in tiny spaces.

 In Gaza City’s Zeitun neighbourhood, 34-year-old Eman Nofal tends crops in a small yard next to her apartment. Peppers have been her biggest success this year, and both sweet and spicy red peppers dot the greenery in her planters.

 The project has faced setbacks, including the Gaza-specific challenge of power cuts of up to 12 hours a day, which shut down the pumps that transfer water between the fish tanks and plant beds.

 “Electricity has been one of the most difficult challenges,” says Chris Somerville, an urban agriculture consultant with the FAO.

 “At 30 degrees centigrade (86 Fahrenheit), the capacity of the water to hold oxygen reduces, and during the summer many of the beneficiaries had fish die.”

 New participants will receive a battery-powered pump to tide them over during power cuts, and the FAO is experimenting with fibres that could be used in hydroponic systems to retain moisture when power cuts stop the water flow.

 Initially, the project also had to overcome a certain level of scepticism, Somerville says.

 “To tell agrarian societies that you’re going to grow plants without soil can sometimes be a bit of a jump,” he laughs.

 But the project has been so successful that the next cycle will expand from 15 aquaponic participants to around 80, with another 80 homes operating hydroponic systems.

 It will be the first time the FAO has implemented aquaponics on this scale, and the agency is now looking at implementing the project elsewhere in the world.

 To be able to take this Gaza model and bring it to other countries would really be a massive achievement,” Somerville says,according to Gaza news.




MP Galloway: Syria under President Bashar Al-Assad Is to Be Victorious




BEIRUT, (ST)_ George Galloway, the British renowned MP, asserted that the world war launched against Syria is similar to the aggression launched against Egypt in 1956, voicing confidence that Syria under the leadership of President Bashar Al-Assad is to be victorious as was the case with the victory of the late President Jamal Abdul Nasser.

In press statements in Beirut Tuesday, published by SANA, MP Galloway reiterated that the Syrian Leadership would never be defeated.

MP Galloway pointed out that the Iraqi scenario would deter the US today from any military adventure or invasion of any country, asserting that Washington and along with Tel Aviv can bombard from air, but they are unable to control land; asserting that the US force is on a backtrack with defined lines which Washington can't surpass.

M.A. Al-Ibrahim




Palestinian Intellectuals : We Stand with Syria in the Battle of Destiny

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ "The escalation of the vicious attack against  Syria's land , people and the state under an uncovered and blatant  Arab, regional and international conspiracy is , but  a revenge  for Syria 's national stand and a service for the colonialist projects in the Arab region." said a statement , issued by 70 Palestinian poets, writers and intellectuals .

 The statement  which was released in a meeting for  the Committee in  Solidarity with the Syrian people, held  in Haifa in the occupied Palestinian territories of  1948 under the title  " One thousand  greetings of pride for the Syrian Arab Army ,  the Protector  of Syria  and the compeller  of its enemies,  emphasized :" Our words and voice should be heard, because the outcome of this battle will leave its impact for generations to come, and therefore the Arab nation must win over  its enemies, whatever the sacrifices,   large or expensive. "
The Palestinian writers and men of letters voiced support for  the Syrian people and national leadership . They deplored all external interferences in  the Syrian  internal affairs ,  so that the Syrians " will  achieve their aspirations to live free and choose what they deem appropriate within the  course of their national principles."
  They expressed full confidence that the Syrian people  will overcome this ordeal  and got out of it  stronger  in spite of  haters and conspirators.
"Syria 's victory  will be  for the benefit of the Arab nation . All Arab forces from the Ocean to the Gulf should stand by Syria in the Arab  battle for destiny ,  because the ongoing battle is not only against Syria but also hit the future of all Arabs", the statement noted, adding,  that " in confirmation of these meanings,  we issue this statement as a document for  truth and history ".
" The statement conveys  two messages: The first is that a large  part of the intellectuals of our people inside Palestine  support the reform process in Syria and stand against the aggression , while the second message conveys the gratitude Palestinians in the occupied territories of  1948 for Syria 's  stand concerning  Palestinian cause", Palestinian writer Saed Nafaa told the Syrian TV.
Events taking place  in Syria confirm that there is a global conspiracy and a terrorist onslaught  to  destroy  this country , said another Palestinian writer Issam Makhoul .

For his part, Palestinian intellectual  Aleef al-Sabbagh said that enemies of Syria  are using all ways and means to partition  the Arab World." They partitioned Iraq and now they  want to fragment  Syria," he added, noting  "but, the Arab people will confront the  US-led conspiracy against the Arab world."



T. Fateh