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 .

T. Fateh




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.