Israeli Occupation Troops Plans Huge Expansion of Settlement

Israel is preparing for a huge expansion of the Itamar settlement in the northern West Bank, the Peace Now settler watchdog said according to al-Manar News.

 The plan, which has yet to be approved, would see the illegal Itamar expanding five-fold from 137 homes to 675.

 According to Peace Now spokesman Lior Amihai, a so-called ‘defense ministry committee’ was to convene on Wednesday to start preparing plans for adding 538 residential units.

"We see this as very dramatic," he told Agence France Presse. "To enlarge it to 675 is to enlarge the settlement to almost five times its size."


The "defense ministry" said the meeting was primarily about approval for buildings already in place, and stressed that plans for new construction had not yet been approved.

 Observers also suggested the plans to enlarge the settlement could be linked to an upcoming Palestinian bid, forcefully opposed by the Israeli enemy and the United States, to secure upgraded membership at the United Nations.


President Ahmadinejad: National reconciliation only solution to Syria problem




TEHRAN, (ST)_  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said national reconciliation is the solution to crisis in Syria.

Returning from his four-day visit to Indonesia and Vietnam, IRNA quoted president Ahmadinejad as saying that the solution was discussed with other countries' officials at the Indonesian meeting which was welcome by them, too.

President Ahmadinejad stressed that war is not a solution for current situation in Syria, because those who win the war cannot create a sustainable security in the country and guarantee it.

The president pointed out that in the meeting with officials from a number of countries in Indonesia, it was decided that the mediating group be strengthened to settle the current dispute in Syria.

He said it was also decided that Indonesia would participate in creating understanding for solving the problem.

Ahmadinejad described mutual relations between Iran and Indonesia very good, adding that Indonesia is the largest Muslim country and has a very important role in the region and the world.

Concerning his visit to Vietnam, Ahmadinejad said that the country was in the front line of resistance against occupiers and bullying powers and moves toward progress.

There is an emotional relation between the two nations of Iran and Vietnam, the president said, adding that the Vietnamese have special respect for Iranians and both sides are trying to further expand ties, asserting that the two countries have common viewpoints on reforming the current existing world order.






Aoun: Major Powers Recruit their Potentials in the War against Syria




BEIRUT, (ST)_ " Syria will be victorious in the war waged against her", said chairman  of the  Lebanese Change and Reform Bloc, MP Michel Aoun , criticizing the silence  of the  international community,  regarding Lebanese forces  which mobilize all their potentials in this war, including  training of al-Qaeda members  and sending them to fight in Syria.

In a radio statement he made on Saturday, Aoun refereed international sides which launch  the war against Syria, in the service of their own objectives.

He  deplored the  continued support  provided by the Lebanese " March 14"  group to the  armed groups in Syria, even after certain countries declined from giving  support to these groups.

Aoun, on the other hand,  stressed that those who tried  to break into the headquarters  of the Lebanese government were backed by foreign sides.


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PLO official: What is happening in Syria is a Qatari, Saudi led terrorism




TUNIS,(ST)_  " What is happening in Syria is not a "revolution" , rather it is terrorism led by two Arab countries, namely  Saudi Arabia and Qatar", stressed member of the executive committee of the Palestine  Liberation Organization PLO, Farouk al-Qaddoumi.

In an interview issued on Monday in the Tunisian daily " al-Tuniseyah" , al-Qaddoumi said that Syria is proceeding  to fortify  its  independence, denouncing the onslaught led by some Arab countries against Syria.

Meantime,  Dr. Naji Jalloul, founding member of the  National Committee of the Tunisian military history  warned  against  the "Balkanization of Syria",  adding that the west is launching a dirty war through " foreign Jihadists "and  huge Saudi and Qatari funding.  A matter which recalls repeating  the Iraqi scenario in order  to put Syria into a devastated  civil war.

" What had happened in Libya was the  making of  NATO",  Jalloul explained  in an interview  with the Tunisian daily al-Shourouk , on Monday .

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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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