Lavrov: No Mentioning of Chapter VII in Russian-US Agreement on Chemical Weapons in Syria


Moscow-Russian Foreign Minister said that he and the US State Secretary have agreed in Geneva on how to work regarding the chemical Weapons in Syria, adding that both will prepare a draft resolution to be presented to the United Nations in this concern.

In a joint Press Conference with his Egyptian counterpart Nabeel Fahmi, Lavrov affirmed that there is no mentioning of the chapter VII in the Russian-US Accord concerning chemical weapons in Syria.

"We reject any threat of using force in Syria, as it worsens the situation instead of solving the crisis.

Russia's top diplomat urged all countries of the region to participate in the efforts aiming to solve the crisis in Syria and to convince the "opposition" or force it to participate in the international conference on Syria.

Fahmi: We Support Making ME Free of WMD

 For his part, the Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabeel Fahmi stressed his support for making the Middle East free of Mass Destruction Weapons (WMD).

Fahmi said we cooperate with Russia on solving the crisis in Syria and we support holding the Geneva 2 conference with the participation of all parties concerned.

Fahmi affirmed that the Egyptian army was deployed in Sinai and the Egyptian government is keen to implement the law and combat terrorism there in order to consolidate security and stability in Egypt.

H. Mustafa

China, Japan Welcome US- Russian Accord on Chemical Weapons in Syria

BEIJING, TOKYO-China and Japan have welcomed the Russian-American deal concerning the chemical weapons in Syria.

In Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during his meeting on Sunday with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius, that the "framework "accord", reached by the US and Russia will open new horizons for peaceful settlement of the crisis in Syria". 

"The Chinese side welcomes the general agreement between the US and Russia. This agreement will enable tensions in Syria to be eased," Wang Yi said.

For his part, Fabius called the pact "a significant step forward" but said that important procedures need to be adopted on the basis of the this general  framework pact.

Meanwhile in Tokyo, the Japanese government welcomed an agreement between the United States and Russia over the issue of chemical weapons in Syria, according to Japan's Foreign Ministry.

Fumio Kishida, the Japanese Foreign Minister, said in a statement that Japan hailed the agreement to secure Syria's chemical weapons under international supervision.

Kishida said Japan will keep on contributing to the international efforts towards the cessation of violence, initiation of political dialogue and improvement of humanitarian conditions, according to the statement.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov announced on Sept. 14 that they agreed on a framework concerning chemical weapons in Syria.

H. Mustafa

French People Against Attacking Syria- Pierre Laurent

BEIRUT,(ST)_ Secretary -General of the French Communist Party Pierre Laurent  has stressed that France participation in any  likely aggression on  Syria, as happened in Libya and  Mali , is rejected by the French people  and a large section of the French political forces ,pointing out that most  of the US and Europe  attention lies in maintaining Israel 's  security.

During a meeting in Beirut yesterday  with  the Secretary - General of the Lebanese Communist Party Khaled Hadadeh ,Laurent considered that the project sponsored by the French government on Syria as a biased call to extend the crisis .

Hadadeh,  for his part,  linked between this aggression and  the new Israeli – US plan , proposed by the  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry aims to liquidate the Palestinian cause and accelerate the decision of  transferring  the Israeli entity to the  Jews state in the world.

Meantime,  President of the  " Say and Do"  society in Lebanon, Sheikh Ahmad Al - Qattan  said that  the western U.S. aggression on Syria aimed at  undermining Syria's  role in supporting national resistance and rejection of the occupation .

Qattan said during a seminar at the headquarters of the society that the U.S. attack on Syria is a conspiracy against it because it stood with Lebanon in the 2006 war and its support for resistance movements in Lebanon and Palestine. 

Singh : India does not endorse any foreign interference in Syria

For his part, Chairman of the Indian National Banther  Party,  and Chairman of the Indian- Arab solidarity  Council  Bhim Singh  stressed  that his country does not support any foreign interference in the internal affairs of Syria.

Singh  added that India 's  people and Government defend peace all over the world ,  and the sovereignty and independence of all nations , pointing out that U.S. President Barack Obama is currently in  a bitter  stage while  procrastinating to postpone his plan to launch an attack on Syria, and that Obama  did not want to change his plan , but internal and external  pressures forced him to retreat his positions , especially after the Russian position in rejecting any aggression on Syria .

He continued that the decisions taken by the leaders of the Arab League , which called on " Anglo-American "  bloc to invade Syria had not come up with any  results nor consequences .

Singh said that the British House of Commons gave a clear message  to  that Britain had learned enough from  Iraq and Libya and that the whole of Europe, including Britain,  is aware  that not  benefits resulted from the alleged   Anglo-American " victories , around the world. 

However, the third preparatory meeting of the 18th International Festival for  Youth and Students , which launched its deliberations  in  New Delhi , last Tuesday , expressed strong solidarity with Syria against  the U.S. threat to launch aggression against it.

Participants  in  the meeting condemned the  " imperialist intervention " in Syria manifested in  escalating financial ,political ,and military support  for  the armed terrorist groups at a time when United States and its allies  invoked the  use  of  chemical weapons to launch an  aggression against Syria , legitimizing  themselves to invade  sovereign  peoples . 

T. Fateh 

SCO leaders adopt Bishkek Declaration: Peaceful Solution to Crisis in Syria

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leaders at their summit have adopted the Bishkek Declaration.

This document reflects the main approaches to the further development of practical cooperation between the SCO member states, as well as fixes the common desire to expand and deepen cooperation.

In addition to the Declaration, the leaders have also approved the Action Plan for 2013-2017 on the implementation of the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation between the SCO member states, as well as reports of the organization’s secretary general on last year’s activities and the Council of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure on 2012 activities.

At the meeting the SCO leaders have also approved an agreement on scientific and technical cooperation between the governments of the SCO member countries.

Middle East and North Africa

SCO member states are in favor of peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa without external influence, including military intervention, not sanctioned by the UN Security Council.

 “The SCO member states express deep concern over the developments in the Middle East and North Africa, and in Syria, particular, and come out in favour of peace, stability, prosperity and progress in the region without external, including military intervention, not authorized by the UN Security Council,” the Declaration says.

The document stresses that the SCO member counties support the earliest solution to the crisis in Syria by the Syrians themselves with respect for the republic’s sovereignty, cessation of violence in the country, the launch of a broad political dialogue between the authorities and the opposition without preconditions on the basis of the Geneva communique.

The SCO member states also support the efforts to convene an international conference to lay the foundation for reconciliation and normalization of the situation in Syria and against unlawful actions aimed at further militarization of the internal conflict in the country.

Crisis in Syria

 SCO can make its contribution to the resolution of the crisis in Syria, said Putin, urging the SCO states to maintain close cooperation in joint efforts over the issue.

"Our Organization can make a bulky contribution in the resolution of the crisis in Syria," he said, noting that the 2002 SCO Charter set cooperation in the prevention of international conflicts and their peaceful settlement as one of common SCO goals.

"In this regard, close cooperation within the SCO, a firm position to ensure the supremacy of provisions and principles of international law, the leading UN role in world affairs are important today as never before," Putin stated.

Iranian nuclear issue

"The SCO member states express concern over the situation around Iran and its nuclear program. They believe threats of use of military force and unilateral sanction measures of some states against the country are unacceptable," the document said.

Confrontation scenario is fraught with serious and unpredictable consequences for the entire region and the world and security on the whole.

SCO states believe there is no alternative to peaceful resolution of the problem and call on all countries to have a maximum responsible approach and restraint and not to make statements and not to take actions leading to further confrontation escalation.


Russia to expand Mediterranean fleet to 10 warships – Navy chief

The Russian Navy intends to build its presence in the Mediterranean Sea - particularly in the area close to Syrian shores - to up to 10 battleships, announced Admiral of the Fleet Viktor Chirkov,according to Voice of Russia.

“The task is crystal clear: to avoid a slightest threat to the security of the state. This is a general practice of all fleets around the world, to be there when a tension level increases. They are all going to act on operational command plan of the offshore maritime zone,” Chirkov told journalists on Friday. "Russia will be building up its Mediterranean fleet until it is deemed sufficient to perform the task set."

Russia began military build-up in the Mediterranean in 2012, and starting from December last year the Navy established a constant presence in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea.

On May 1, 2013 all Russian battleships operating in the area were assigned to a single task force under special offshore maritime zone operation command.

Currently there are seven warships deployed in the area: landing craft carriers 'Aleksandr Shabalin’, ‘Admiral Nevelskoy’, ‘Peresvet’, ‘Novocherkassk’ and ‘Minsk’ from Russia’s Black and Baltic Sea Fleets, as well as the escort vessel ‘Neustrashimy’, and large anti-submarine ship ‘Admiral Panteleyev’.

According to previous reports, the missile-carrying cruiser ‘Moskva’ passed the Straits of Gibraltar on September 10 and is expected to arrive at its final destination in eastern Mediterranean on September 15 or 16.

The SSV-201 reconnaissance ship ‘Priazovye’ also reportedly joined the group in the Eastern Mediterranean in early September.

Upon the arrival of the ‘Moskva’, its commander, Sergey Tronev, will assume operative command of the task force.

Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov also informed that more than 80 Russian battleships and support vessels are currently offshore in various parts of the global ocean.

 “In time of peace Navy’s duty and main application is military service, constant naval presence in the zones of military-political tension where interests of the Russian Federation are concentrated,” Chirkov said.

Chirkov also mentioned that a group of battleships of the Pacific Fleet headed by the missile cruiser ‘Varyag’ is currently deployed in the southern-western Pacific performing an operational readiness exercise.

 “This group will take part in international exercises of the naval forces of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region and later will take part in the centenary celebration of the [Royal] Australian Navy,” said Chirkov.

The Russian Navy also continues to battle maritime piracy, deploying task force groups off the coasts of Somalia. In 2013 two naval task groups, one from the Northern Fleet and another from the Pacific Fleet, have been protecting sea routes near the Horn of Africa.

Russian warships accompanied 19 convoys through the dangerous waters, maintaining security of 105 vessels from 27 countries and once preventing capture of a merchant vessel.


Russia hails Syrian statement on chemical weapons as important step towards settling crisis - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has welcomed the Syrian decision to become a full member of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction as an important step towards settling the crisis in Syria,according to Voice of Russia, ITAR-TASS.

"The Syrian representative to the UN has just said that Syria will become a full member of the Convention today. I think we should welcome this decision of the Syrian administration," Putin said at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Bishkek.

"I'd like to think that this will be a very significant step towards settling the crisis in Syria," the Russian president said.

"This is a confirmation of the sincere intention of the Syrian government to follow this path," Putin noted.

It's important to promote idea of establishing int'l control over Syrian chemical weapons - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin again said a military intervention in Syria is unacceptable and pointed out the need to promote the initiative to establish international control over chemical weapons in Syria.

"Syria is the focus of our attention now. We consider external military intervention in this country without a sanction from the UN Security Council unacceptable," Putin said at a meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the SCO member-countries in Bishkek.

"The recent diplomatic efforts have helped reduce the immediate threat of a military operation," Putin said. "A large role in this context was played by the promotion of the initiative to establish an international team to monitor chemical weapons in Syria," he said.


Kiev , Buenos Aires Demonstrations Condemning US Threats on Syria

 Kiev - Buenos Aires (ST)_Ukrainian –Syrian Friendship Association , the Syrian community and a number of parties and people's organizations in Ukraine organized a  demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine condemning  the  U.S. threats to launch aggression against Syria .

Participants in the demonstration raised flags of Syria , Ukraine , Russia, China and several Latin American countries , supporting  the struggle of the Syrian people against terrorism and banners denouncing the US  threats to launch aggression against Syria and confirming world peace loving  stand with Syria's  people , army and leadership.

Delivered Speeches  confirmed that Syria is exposed to  a flagrant external aggression by  local terrorist tools  and  terrorists sent to Syria from various world  countries in order to destroy and kill its  safe people .


Buenos Aires rally  Condemning  U.S. threat to launch aggression against Syria 

Meantime, a massive protest rally was  held in Buenos Aires  , condemning  the U.S threats to launch an aggression against  Syria . It was  organized by Argentine parties and forces ,  with human rights organizations ,the international front of the national resistance,  Socialist Workers  Movement ,  and trade unions  and Fe-Arab of Buenos Aires  , the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Syrian community in Argentina.

The demonstrators, more than five  thousands, took the streets from Italy 's square and headed to the U.S. embassy in the Argentine capital , where they  chanted slogans denouncing  the perpetuated  aggression  on Syria and its people ,condemning  U.S. imperialism and its allies in the West and the region , carrying  banners reading " America the home of terrorism and Israel is a killer. No for the aggression and Syria is  in the heart. "

The  marchers appealed   the Government of Argentina and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to do everything  possible, being the current president of the UN Security Council , to stand against the issuance of any possible resolution against Syria in the United Nations .

They circulated statements  on the  American imperialist and  its NATO allies  acts in  financing , sheltering and equipping of the armed terrorist groups to destabilize Syria and their attempts to impose a scenario similar to what they have done in Libya  and Iraq under the pretext of chemical weapons .

The statements called  on all Argentine  and international  political organizations and trade unions , social and human rights organizations to unite their efforts to confront  the US  and its allies aggression  and their direct intervening  to impose a puppet government alternative to the legitimate government of Syria as part of  what they have done in Afghanistan ,Iraq , Libya and their continued aggression on Palestine and Lebanon.

The statements also called  for the  formation of an  anti – imperialism international movement in order to achieve global peace that includes all national ,popular ,  and democratic  forces  , the  governments  of the Non-Aligned Movement ,  the Group of 77 and China and all blocs in Latin America and the developing countries to move quickly against the unjust war targeting Syria.

The statements  warned  against  imperialist military endeavors to annex lands , control and dominate  markets and  peoples natural resources and suppressing  peoples  seeking   unity and integration with their legitimate  governments. 

T. Fateh 

Lavrov: As Syria to put chem arms under int'l control, strike unnecessary

The decision to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control makes a military strike against the country unnecessary, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said,according to Russia Today.

 “I am sure that our American partners, as President Obama earlier said, firmly prefer a peaceful solution to the Syrian chemical weapon problem,” Lavrov said at a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva, ahead of their talks.

These new developments on Syria make it possible to call new talks, the so-called “Geneva-2” peace conference, to find a solution to the ongoing war, Lavrov said.

Kerry and Lavrov, accompanied by delegations of experts, are going to discuss Russia’s proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control and to join the Chemical Weapons Convention.