People Are Entitled to Legitimize the Leadership in Syria – Aoun

BEIRUT, (ST) _Head of the Change and Reform Bloc in the Lebanese Parliament  Gen. Michel Aoun stressed  that arms smuggling from Lebanon to Syria continues  across the border and the Lebanese state must adjust these borders  and prevent extremists from infiltrating through it.

"These foreign elements established  border centers to oversee smuggling and infiltration operations, and they  attacked the Lebanese army in Arsal " Aoun said in an interview with Al-Manar TV  last night, adding ,"therefore, there should be no self-distance regarding Arsal, Akkar and Tripoli, because vacuum brings in chaos and anarchy beings in crimes.

He stressed that steadfastness of leadership in Syria is a reality that others do not want to recognize, although they have since the beginning of the crisis assumed weekly appointments for its departure, noting that the Syrian leadership is still in position and does not suffer problems in foreign policy and the army

"President Bashar al-Assad will not lose the current  battle " adding that "contact with him continues and there   is no sin to visit Damascus at any time because he is the  president-elect by the Syrian people who  are eligible of  giving legitimacy and not France and other Western countries, "  Aoun said.

On the other hand , Aoun pointed out that the other party in Lebanon is persistent to cancel or delay  the parliamentary elections, because it survives  on the end of the crisis in Syria.

Aoun explained that his bloc adheres either to the  Orthodox law , which allows each community  to choose  own deputies or to  Lebanon 's one circle with relativity  because the law of  majority "would be a death for us," pointing that if there is no consensus on clear  rights , there will be no agreement.

T. Fateh

Clashes over hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners

Hundreds of Palestinians have clashed with occupation  forces across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, amid protests over hunger-striking prisoners.
Stun grenades were fired "to disperse Palestinians " in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem,according to BBC.
There were also clashes in Hebron and near Nablus, Jenin and Ramallah.
It follows a week of violence amid calls for four Palestinian hunger strikers to be released.
Reuters news agency cited witnesses as saying dozens of people were lightly wounded in clashes at a military checkpoint near Nablus and outside Ofer military prison near Ramallah, where the prisoners are detained.
Two of the prisoners - Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawna - were released under a prisoner exchange deal which freed Israel captive Gilad Shalit from Gaza in 2011, but later rearrested .
The other prisoners - Tareq Qaadan and Jafar Ezzedine - are being held under "administrative detention", a controversial practice whereby suspects can be imprisoned without charge or trial for renewable periods of up to six months at a time.
Palestinian prisoners
•    Israel holds 4,517 Palestinians in its jails
•    1,031 held until the conclusion of legal proceedings
•    178 in administrative detention (without charge or trial)
•    170 are under the age of 18
On Thursday, Issawi was convicted of breaching his release conditions by travelling from his home in East Jerusalem to the West Bank, his lawyer said.
AFP said Issawi was sentenced to eight months in jail, which is due to expire next month because he was arrested on 7 July. However, he could be ordered to serve out the remainder of his original 16-year sentence when he faces a separate military court also next month, AFP says.
Issawi was initially arrested in 2002, and in 2004 sentenced to 26 years in prison. He was convicted of being a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
For most of his strike, he has been taking only water as well as vitamins, minerals and sugars.

Arming Terrorists In Syria serves Zionist entity's interest:Larijani


Islamic Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said here Thursday current crises in our region are entirely due to foreign powersˈ interferences, adding that drastic developments in this most sensitive region call for greater cooperation among Islamic countries.

 Larijani referred to the ongoing crisis in Syria, adding, ˈKeeping In mind the status of Syria within the resistance axis, crisis making in that country through exporting weapons and terrorists to Syria only serves the interests of the usurper Zionist entity .ˈ

Larijani added, ˈThe Islamic Republic of Iran and Peopleˈs Democratic Republic of Algeria enjoy having a brotherly and close relation.ˈ

He said, ˈDespite the excellent political, parliamentary and international cooperation and the background of the two countriesˈ historical, cultural, and religious ties, the level of bilateral economic and business relations do not match the capabilities and potentials of both sides.ˈ

The Parliament Speaker further reiterated, ˈThe two countriesˈ economic and trade ties must be boosted after solving minute problems and obstacles.ˈ

The Parliament Speaker furthermore highlighted the importance of facilitating the process of banking cooperation and holding a joint economic cooperation commission as ways for solving such small problems.ˈ

Belabbas said that Tehran and Algiers have very close viewpoints over many international issues, adding, ˈFlickering the flames of disputes within the Islamic world is a very dangerous thing to do, as Islamic unity and solidarity is a dire need today.ˈ

He emphasized the need for the expansion of commercial ties and having broad economic relations between the two countries, adding, ˈThe potentials of the Iranian and the Algerian parliaments for boosting the bilateral economic ties and taking long strides in the two countriesˈ economic relations must be used.ˈ

The Algerian MP said that the two countriesˈ waypoints about the regional developments, including the crisis in Syria, are very close to each other.


National dialogue , the best solution to the crisis in Syria,says Mansour


Lebanese Minister of  Foreign Affairs Adnan Mansour  has asserted that finding a solution to the crisis in Syria depends basically on holding a national dialogue and on Geneva statement , warning against the hazard of “armed groups” coming from outside on the security of Syria.

During activities of the first session of the Arab Russian Forum held recently  in Moscow, Mansour said: “We are supporting the Russian stance toward Syria”, pointing out that the foreign intervention in Syria will only lead to the deterioration of circumstances in the country.

Mansour called for launching a national dialogue for preserving Syria’s unity, clarifying that Lebanon is standing with Russia for attaining this target    

There is no doubt that that terrorism threatens all of us, so we have to shoulder responsibility of confronting it, Mansour said, underlining the necessity of differentiating between terrorism and people’s demands to liberation.

Regarding the Palestinian issue, Mansour referred to Israel’s incessant aggressive activities in violating the international community and UN resolutions.

“We are fostering the Russian stance calling for making the Middle East a region empty of weapons of mass destruction”, Mansour asserted.

Inas Abdul Karim

No Military Solution to Crisis in Syria: Envoy

Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Bahman Hosseinpour said crisis in Syria has no military solution and if supporters of terrorist groups in Syria took Iranˈs advice, the crisis would not reach this level, according to IRNA.

Hosseinpour, whose tenure in Turkey ends shortly on Tuesday made the remarks.

Giving his opinion on Crisis in Syria, Hosseinpour said it has no military solution and in spite of Iranˈs advice in the past two years, the situation has got harder, but the sole solution to this crisis is holding talks between conflicting sides.

Replying to a question which countries benefit from this situation in Syria, the ambassador said that everybody knows that western countries, the USA and the Zionist regime are taking the most advantages of the issue.