al-Ibrahimi: Solution to Crisis in Syria Depends on Syrians

BEIRUT, (ST) –UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar al-Ibrahimi reiterated that solution to the crisis in Syria  depends mainly on the Syrians.

 "finding a solution to the crisis in Syria is based on Kofi Annan's plan and Geneva statement," al-Ibrahimi commented on his mission.

Brahimi held  a press conference in Beirut Wednesday, in which he confirmed "in dealing  with the crisis  we are depending on different view points , particularly Annan's six-point plan and UN Security Council  backed-Geneva statement  and the region's majority states."

"holding talks with all sides to stop bloodshed in Syria by the Syrians themselves as to solve their problems is our main task," said al-Ibrahimi, asserting  that the solution to the crisis lies in the hands of the Syrians with a possibility of  an international support by the UN.

al-Ibrahimi made it clear  that the neighboring countries are interested in solving the crisis in a bid to end  the suffering of the Syrian people.

Asked about his ''truce'' proposal on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, al-Ibrahimi replied "the Syrian Government response is  OK; .Hence, if the opposition positively responded to the proposal, it might be a tiny step towards ceasefire only to start   withdrawing heavy weapons and to halt the flow of arms from outside, as  to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria."


M. Daoud

China Strongly Opposed to New EU Sanctions on Iran

 TEHRAN - China lambasted the European Union on Tuesday for imposing new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, calling again for talks to resolve the stand-off.

 "We oppose the imposition of unilateral sanctions on Iran and believe that using sanctions to exert pressure cannot fundamentally resolve the Iran nuclear issue," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

 "It can only make the situation more complex and intensify confrontation... We hope that all relevant parties can show flexibility, increase communication and push for a new round of talks as soon as possible," Lei added according to Reuters.

 Iran is under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.

 Iranian officials have always stressed that the International and unilateral sanctions against Iran have had no result but inflicting damage on the European companies.






Maliki Warns of Continued Crisis in Syria

 TEHRAN- Few hours after UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi called for a ceasefire in Syria, Iraqi Prime Minister asked for a rapid settlement of the ongoing conflict during talks with the Algerian diplomat.

 "The prime minister warned of continuing the crisis in Syria, and called for quick movement in order to maintain the security and stability of the region," the statement from Maliki's office said, Almanar reported.

 "Iraq backs all the efforts of the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria for the sake of reaching a political solution for the worsening crisis in Syria," it quoted Maliki as saying.

 Brahimi also met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on his brief trip to Baghdad, the latest stop on his second regional tour aimed at finding a solution to the crisis in Syria.

 Brahimi met with officials in Saudi Arabia and Turkey last week, and was in Tehran before arriving in Baghdad on Monday.





Gaza under Israeli Occupation Fire

One Palestinian was killed and another seriously injured in a new raid carried out by Israeli occupation aircraft on Sunday  morning against  al-Fakharri   area,  east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.  The raid was carried out hours after a similar raid resulted in killing two Palestinians and  targeted  the  east of Jabaliya in northern Gaza.

  The Palestinian press agency « Safa» said the raid resulted in the death of Yasser Mohamed Ibrahim al-Etel,  23-year-old  member of the people front for the liberation for Palestine- General Command.

 The Israeli aircraft had, the night before, launched a similar raid  resulted  in killing  Hisham Ali al-Su'eidani (  43 year-old)  and one of his companions while a ten-year old child was wounded by a missile fired in Jabalia, to the north of Gaza.

 Meantime, the Israeli occupation warplanes, especially the reconnaissance planes continued intensive violation of Gaza's airspace.

 Furthermore, Israeli forces arrested at dawn yesterday two Palestinians in Hebron in the southern West Bank and detained two Palestinian children during the storming into Toura  al-Gharbeya village , to the west of Jenin,   in the context  of its military  campaign launched in various parts of the West Bank.

 "Safa" added that the Israeli forces arrested Palestinian Abdullah Mahmoud Faraj Allah near the apartheid  ' separation" wall west of  Adna  town in Hebron  and took him to an unknown destination.

 In Beit Ummar town , north of Hebron, the  Israeli forces arrested the teenager  Bahaa Mohammed Khalil Awad 17 years after a huge  military force raided Bayada area  earlier in the morning and searched the house of the teenager' s family.

 The spokesperson for the Popular Committee Against "Apartheid" wall and the Settlements in Beit Amer  said that the detained teenager suffers  a rheumatic disease and is in  need to take a drug cortisone regularly , otherwise he will face  further health complications.

 The relatives of the detainee held  the occupation forces full responsibility for the safety of their son after he was  arrested in a brutal manner.

 The detainee's father said  that about 20 Israeli soldiers  broke into his house in a terrifying  way that terrorized and provoked  residents of the house,  before the arrested of his son Bahaa and transporting him in a military vehicle to  Etzion Camp,  north of Hebron.

 The Israeli occupation forces also raided Yatta , Samu and Halhoul towns  and set up sudden  checkpoints, while the  Israeli soldiers stopped and detained  deliberately  Palestinian citizens after  checking their cards, The Israeli forces also carried out mopping up operations  in the  vehicles running in the streets. In Jenin, Israeli forces stormed, at dawn, al- Toura  village  west and carried out combing operations , resulted in detaining  child  Ahmad Farid ( 14 years) who was taken  to Camp Barta'a and subjected to investigation that lasted  several hours.

 Palestinian sources reported that seven Israeli military vehicles raided the village along the apartheid wall to the west of Jenin, adding that these forces seized  most of the land behind  the wall.

 These Israeli acts fall within the continued daily violations of the Israeli occupation in various cities and villages and refugee camps inside the occupied Palestinians  territories. These Israeli inhumane acts are being carried out under complete Arab and international silence.

  Tomader Fateh

President Ahmadinejad: foreign Interference in Syria should end

TEHRAN, (ST)_ All who meddle in Syria's internal affairs should back off and respect the rights of the Syrian People, underscored President Mahmud Ahmadinejad of Iran.

 "Unrest in Syria means expansion of insecurity in the whole region, and any attempt to disintegrate Syria means constant instability for decades." President Ahmadinejad was quoted by Press TV, during his meeting Sunday  with UN Special Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar al-Ibrahimi.

 On his part, Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar salehi, who also held talks with al-Ibrahimi, voiced Iran's optimism that al-Ibrahimi, could help find a ''peaceful solution'' to Syrian issue.

"Mr. al-Ibrahimi and we share the point that, prior to any measure, violence and killings should be stopped," asserting Iran's readiness to work ''hand-in-hand'' with al-Ibrahimi as to assist in ending the crisis in Syria.

 M.A. Al-Ibrahim