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Russia, Egypt Say Political Solution Only Way to End War in Syria

CAIRO- Foreign ministers of Russia and Egypt insisted on Thursday that the only way to end the current crisis in Syria is the political solution.

During a visit to Cairo, Russia’s Sergei Lavrov said his country wants an "international conference as soon as possible to open a political dialogue" that can resolve the crisis in Syria, according to al-Manar website.

Lavrov said a political solution to the war would also help to bring stability to the region.

Nabil Fahmy, the foreign minister in Egypt's interim administration, said for his part that Cairo was against any military intervention in Syria.

"We call upon all to work on a political solution" to end the war, he said.

Arab League made hasty decisions concerning Syria

In a press conference on Thursday in Cairo following negotiations with his Egyptian counterparts, Lavrov stressed that the Arab League (AL) has made a number of hasty decisions concerning the crisis in Syria in the past two years, the Voice of Russia reported.

"As for the League of Arab States' position on the Syrian crisis, this position is well-known, and our attitude towards it is also well-known. We believe that some too hasty decisions have been made in the past two years," Lavrov said.

"I think it's very important further to adhere to the fundamental principle of the League's work, which is the consensus principle," he said.

Destruction of Chemical Weapons in Syria Proceeding Actively

On the Chemical Weapons issue, Lavrov said that Moscow is satisfied with how the destruction of the chemical weapons in Syria proceeds.

The Russian minister stressed that Russia and Egypt have "a common positive assessment about the ongoing work on destroying chemical weapons in Syria."

"This work is proceeding actively and without any setbacks," he said.

The Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is to consider a phased plan of Syria's chemical demilitarization submitted by Damascus on Friday.

H. Mustafa

Al-Jaafari- Syria-Related Decisions of Human Rights Council Based on Unilateral Information

 NEW York- Syria-related decisions provided in the recent Human Rights Council's report were based on unilateral information and were consistent with political plans of some countries which don't want the good to Syria and its people, stressed Syria's UN Permanent Representative Bashar al-Jaafari.  

Al-Jaafari, who was speaking at the UN General Assembly's meeting, said that no single article in the report had called for stopping the terrorist acts perpetrated by the armed terrorist groups against the Syrian state and citizens. The council's report also didn’t call for disarming the terrorist groups or urge sponsoring countries to halt their military, political and media support to gunmen.

"Reports by terrorism-fighting committees of the UN Security Council prove that terrorism in Syria is being supported, added al-Jaafari, pointing out that these reports are documented in details with names and figures in the Council's archive.   

The UN Syria Representative also said that the report ignores the critical economic and humanitarian situation in Syria caused by the unilateral economic procedures and sanctions imposed by the European Union, the United States and the Arab League on the Syrian people.

He stressed that though such procedures threaten states' sovereignty and violate the UN Charter and human rights principles, yet some countries member in the United Nations insist on applying illegal procedures like sanctions on other countries.   

Al-Jaafari regretted the Human Rights Council's insistence to ignore the great efforts being exerted by the Syrian government to confront the armed terrorist groups and to ease alleviate the repercussions of the crisis in Syria.

Government cooperation to solve crisis

Al-Jaafari also affirmed that the Syrian government had provided all forms of cooperation to attain a peaceful solution to the political and humanitarian crisis in Syria, yet some countries which re directly involved in worsening the political and humanitarian situation in Syria are keen to adopt unilateral politicized decisions that force Syria to concede its sovereignty and rights.

He criticized the Council's silence regarding Israel's refusal to implement tens of council's decisions concerning Israel's violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories and in the occupied Syrian Golan.

Al-jaafari asserted that the council's politicized decisions give a blow to efforts exerted to have a human rights council that treats all human rights violations around the world in clear standards.

"Such decisions hinder the objective role played by international parties to put an end to the crisis in Syria and they encourage intransigence in rejecting the holding of Geneva2 conference and in going further in shedding the Syrian blood," he said.

He condemned Qatar's blatant interference in Syria's internal affairs through recruiting and supporting terrorists to destroy Syria and kill innocent people.


Nasrallah: some Arab countries stand by zionist entity

Beirut, (ST) – "It is regrettable that some Arab countries stand beside  Israel as they refuse political solution in Syria, "underscored Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Nasrallah's remark was made during a rally held on Wednesday night to commemorate the tenth of Muharram (Ashuraa).

Israel used all its power in order to launch a military attack against Syria ,but it failed, "added Nasrallah.



Here is Al-Manar's full text of Sayyed Nasrallah's Speech

Sayyed Nasrallah: Neither Threat, Nor Car Bombs Will Keep Us from Our Hussein

In a very clear message that no threat can prevent his eminence from commemorating Ashura, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah personally appeared before crowds on the tenth night of Muharram in Sayyed Shuhadaa Complex in Beirut’s southern suburb.

His eminence stressed that neither blast, nor bloodshed, nor car bombs will prevent us from taking part in Ashura commemoration.

The resistance leader assured that the Zionist entity seeks war in the region, accusing some Arab countries of standing beside the Israeli enemy.

Talking about a proposed deal between Iran and world powers over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that such deal will make the position of Hezbollah’s alliance with Tehran and Damascus stronger.

Addressing those who are betting on events taking place in Syria in order to form a new Lebanese government or not, his eminence assured that they will not triumph in Syria.

Sayyed Nasrallah also tackled the Israeli espionage issue, saying that the resistance has so many things to do in this affair if the Lebanese state abandons its responsibilities.

Israel Seeks War

Sayyed Nasrallah said that the Zionist entity was pleased as our region witnesses fights and disputes, but noted that it is worried about the future.

“Israel is happy as fights and disputes are taking place in the region,” Hezbollah S.G. addressed crowds, adding: (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) “Netanyahu has become specialized with Sunni-Shiite issue through his speeches.”

“At the same time, Israel is worried about future as it incites war and doesn’t seek peace or calm in the region.”

“When 9/11 events took place, Israel and the Zionist Lobby invested all their capabilities in order to prompt the US to invade the region.”

Sayyed Nasrallah said that the Zionist entity “instigated Iraq war as it had decisive impact on this issue,” adding that it also “used all its power in order to launch a military attack against Syria, but it failed.”

Some Arab Countries Stand beside Israel

The resistance leader regretted that some Arab countries are standing beside Israel as they refuse political solution in Syria and a proposed deal between Iran and world powers over the Tehran’s nuclear deal.

He noted that these countries seek war and destruction in the region, but warned that they may know when a war will break out, however they can’t know when it will end.

His eminence said that people of the region should know “who seeks war and destruction and who seeks solutions and compromises.”

Sayyed Nasrallah noted that some “Arab leaders were embarrassed as the resistance triumphed in Lebanon.”

Israeli Epionage

Hezbollah S.G. also tackled the issue of the Israeli espionage, urging the Lebanese government to assume its responsibilities regarding this affair.

“Israeli espionage is a new threat by the Zionist entity,” his eminence said, noting that the communication sector in Lebanon is easily reached by the Israeli enemy.

“The government should assume its responsibilities to defend the country, if it wants to utilize from the resistance’s capabilities it can.”

“Resistance can do many things to confront the Israeli espionage” if the government fails to assume its responsibilities, Sayyed Nasrallah said.

“It is worth here to reiterate the importance of the wired communication network of the resistance,” he noted.

US Can’t Determine Future of Lebanon

Responding to US Secretary of State, John Kerry’s remarks that US agreed with the Suadi Arabia that Hezbollah can’t determine the future of Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “Let Kerry or others say whatever they want. These remarks indicate that they recognize us, our capabilities and our power.”

“Since 1982, US, Israel and some Arab countries wanted to destroy this region. However the resistance toppled this scheme they have planned for.”

“Resistance and Lebanese people toppled the US-Israeli scheme in July war 2006,” his eminence added.

Forming New Government

Hezbollah S.G. tackled the Lebanese local issue as he talked about forming a new government.

He said that no one can cancel Hezbollah, adding that the party doesn’t want to do so with the other side.

“The Lebanese equation requires us to recognize partnership, cooperation and contact" with the other camp.

He said that it “is inventible to form a new government,” noting that the factual formula is 9-9-6.

“Some sides are preventing forming a new government in Lebanon, waiting for the developments in Syria.”

“If somebody, somewhere is waiting for the victory in Syria in order to form a government in Lebanon, I tell him he will not triumph there.”

'Stronger Position'

Talking about a proposed nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers, Sayyed Nasrallah warned: “If things go for war, the other camp should be worried.”

“In case the Iranian deal takes place then the position of our alliance will be stronger,” Sayyed Nasrallah went on saying.

“As we were never abandoned by Iran and Syria, the other camp has been frequently abandoned by its allies,” his eminence added.

Threats Will Not Prevent Us from Commemorating Ashura

Addressing crowds, resistance leader thanked all those who guarded, organized and took part in Ashura commemoration.

His eminence also thanked the Lebanese army and security forces for their efforts, especially in these days.

“Tomorrow neither threat, nor blast, nor bloodshed, nor car bombs will keep us from our Hussein,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, noting that the commemoration this year “does not represent a challenge for anybody.”

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah appeared live among crowds mourning Imam Hussein (as) for the second day in succession in the Southern Suburb of Beirut, confronting every threat posed by enemies, whether the Zionist enemy or the Takfiris.

In a second surprising appearance in Ashura this year, Sayyed Nasrallah joined crowds during the Tenth Day of Muharram procession and delivered a live speech in which he reassured that no threat would stop us from renewing our pledge to the Master of Martyrs, Imam Hussein (as) who refused any kind of humiliation.

Sayyed Nasrallah announced about several stances during his speech, starting with the ongoing adherence to the path of resistance as long as the enemy is present, moving on to national unity and the rejection of any division.

Adherence to Resistance

“First, we reassure our adherence to the resistance, its capabilities, and weapons, as a main path for protecting our country, its goods and wealth. Some in Lebanon talk to us about the French resistance which submitted its arms, neglecting the fact that this took place after the threat was over. However, the resistance in Lebanon liberated the land but the enemy still exists and is still threatening, spying, and preparing for wars; so are we required to empty the battlefield for this enemy? As long as the reason for resistance is present, the resistance will continue to confront this Israeli threat,” his eminence said.

Palestine Central Cause

“Second, we should remind the entire Arab nation of the central cause which is Palestine, as we must not abandon this cause no matter what the situations were, and Muslims must all stand by the Palestinian people so that they liberate their land and sanctities,” Sayyed Nasrallah added, stressing that despite all the crises facing our country or the region, Palestine should always be the central cause.

Rejection of Division

Third, his eminence reassured his “rejection to any kind of division, and emphasized the importance of holding on to the unity of every land and country and finding political solutions to internal crises through dialogue.”

No Bargain on Our Presence in Syria

“On this point, as I said previously, our presence in Syria is for defending Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and the resistance against all threats facing them. As long as the reasons are present, we will stay there. The problem in Lebanon is that they always turn the actual problem into a reason. Anyone who puts Hezbollah’s withdrawal from Syria as a precondition for forming a government is putting a hopeless condition, and we won’t bargain our presence in Lebanon, Syria, and the axis of resistance for some ministerial portfolios,” Sayyed Nasrallah further stated.

“When there are strategic dangers threatening the people in the region, there is no room for bargain, we are not asking for a political cover to keep the resistance arms, and we will not ask you in the future,” he added, indicating that “we have never and will never need your cover for our presence in Syria, so keep the hopeless preconditions aside.”

Danger of Takfiris

Regarding the danger of Takfiris, his eminence pointed out that “the danger of Takfirism threatens all Muslims and the evidence is what they are facing all around the Muslim world. This problem threatens everyone and could be limited through everyone’s cooperation.”

Importance of National Unity

In conclusion, he said: “We emphasized the importance of our national unity and coexistence as Lebanese, as we have a common destiny, and we call for all types of approach and openness despite differences and division, so that we achieve some of the good livelihood our people look forward for.”

 Source: Al-Manar Website/ Marwa Haidar/Sara Taha Moughnieh      

Official: Russia to Help Iran Build 2nd N. Power Plant Next Year

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said that Russia will cooperate with Iran in the construction of its second nuclear power plant in the early months of 2014,according to FNA.

 “We hope to see the construction of the country’s second nuclear power station start at the beginning of the (Iranian calendar) year 1393 (starting March 21, 2014) by the Russians,” said Salehi in a televised interview on Tuesday.

Under a protocol signed between Tehran and Moscow, said Salehi, power plants with a capacity of up to 4,000 megawatts could be constructed in Iran.

Earlier this week, Salehi had said most of Iran's new power plants will be built near the country's coasts in the South and the North.

Salehi said a majority of Iran’s new nuclear facilities will be on the Southern coasts of the Persian Gulf and Northern coasts of the Caspian Sea while another part would be in Central Iran

“The power plants should have access to a huge source of water. The new power plants will be supported by desalinations, mainly located in Southern parts of the country,” the top Iranian nuclear official pointed out.

Also in October, Salehi announced that Iran has plans to generate more electricity through the nuclear energy in the coming years.

 “We are considering construction of power plants along the coasts of the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea as well as the Central parts of Iran, but priority is given to the Persian Gulf coasts because we want to pave the way for (construction of) water desalination facilities to supply drinking water for the Southern provinces of Iran,” Salehi told reporters at the time.

Iranian officials say the Persian Gulf country needs enough atomic reactors to generate a total of 20,000 megawatts of electricity by 2020.

Deputy Head of AEOI Mohammad Ahmadian announced in mid-September 2012 that Iran has identified 34 potential sites for building additional nuclear power plants.


Iraq's reiterates Support for Holding Geneva2 Conference

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has reiterated Iraq's support for ongoing efforts to hold the International Conference on Syria (Geneva2).

An Iraqi Foreign Ministry statement said that during his meeting on Monday with the Executive Director of the Middle East Region at the European Foreign Affairs Department and Head of the EU mission in Iraq, Zebari described Geneva2 as an important chance to reach an agreement, urging all Syrian parties including the "Syrian opposition" to participate constructively and without preconditions in the conference in order to decide the country's future.

H. Mustafa