Christmas Cave opened at Greek Orthodox Church of Mar Elias in Damascus

Christmas Cave opened at Greek Orthodox Church of Mar Elias in Damascus

People and Clergymen attended on Tuesday the...

Three Israeli military boats violate Lebanese waters

Three Israeli military boats violate Lebanese waters

BEIRUT, (ST)_Three Israeli military boats...

Saudi aggression forces carry out over 14 strikes on Yemeni provinces

Saudi aggression forces carry out over 14 strikes on Yemeni provinces

The Saudi aggression forces have continued to...

Three inmates die in Turkish jails because of negligence

Three inmates die in Turkish jails because of negligence

At least three Turkish inmates have died from...

Cuba renews support for Palestinian people's legitimate rights

Cuba renews support for Palestinian people's legitimate rights

 Havana (ST): Cuba has reiterated its complete...

The people of al-Shaddadi town demonstrate against the US-backed SDF militias

The people of al-Shaddadi town demonstrate against the US-backed SDF militias

In response to of the US-backed SDF militias’...

  • Christmas Cave opened at Greek Orthodox Church of Mar Elias in Damascus

    Christmas Cave opened at Greek Orthodox Church...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 20:45
  • Dozens of Palestinians suffocated by tear gas fired by Israeli occupation forces

    Dozens of Palestinians suffocated by tear gas...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 18:10
  • Three Israeli military boats violate Lebanese waters

    Three Israeli military boats violate Lebanese...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 17:58
  • The Syrian Mini Constitutional Committee addresses humanitarian file and sanctions

    The Syrian Mini Constitutional Committee...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 16:59
  • Turkish-backed terrorist groups attack houses of residents in Hasaka countryside

    Turkish-backed terrorist groups attack houses...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 13:39
  • Saudi aggression forces carry out over 14 strikes on Yemeni provinces

    Saudi aggression forces carry out over 14...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 13:07
  • Three inmates die in Turkish jails because of negligence

    Three inmates die in Turkish jails because of...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 12:50
  • Extremist Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the Israeli occupation Forces

    Extremist Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 12:34
  • People’s Assembly discusses performance of the Ministry of Culture, several culture-related issues

    People’s Assembly discusses performance of the...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 12:07
  • Erdogan’s regime issues arrest warrants for 82 soldiers over alleged link to Fathallah Gulen

    Erdogan’s regime issues arrest warrants for 82...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 11:08
  • Cuba renews support for Palestinian people's legitimate rights

    Cuba renews support for Palestinian people's...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 09:33
  • A civilian wounded by the explosion of a landmine left behind by the terrorist organizations in Idleb

    A civilian wounded by the explosion of a...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 09:15
  • Ambassador Sabbagh:  Syria has met all its obligations and completely eliminated its chemical weapons and production facilities

    Ambassador Sabbagh: Syria has met all its...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 09:12
  • The Great Mosque of al-Nouri in Homs contains inscriptions dating back to the Roman era

    The Great Mosque of al-Nouri in Homs contains...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 08:57
  • Syria Takes Part in the Fifth Virtual Arab Publishers Association Conference

    Syria Takes Part in the Fifth Virtual Arab...

    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 08:55
  • The national delegation to the committee for discussing the constitution in Geneva: The need to adopt the issue of the return of refugees as an over reaching national principle

    The national delegation to the committee for...

    Monday, 30 November 2020 20:19
  • The people of al-Shaddadi town demonstrate against the US-backed SDF militias

    The people of al-Shaddadi town demonstrate...

    Monday, 30 November 2020 20:17
  • Syrian men's basketball team beats its Iranian counterpart in the Asian tournaments

    Syrian men's basketball team beats its Iranian...

    Monday, 30 November 2020 20:15
  • Syria renews its position in support of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to establishing their independent state

    Syria renews its position in support of the...

    Monday, 30 November 2020 20:12
  • Turkish occupation forces and their mercenaries carry out attack on north Raqqa

    Turkish occupation forces and their mercenaries...

    Monday, 30 November 2020 14:20

Presidential Activities

Investigative Reporting

“Open Doors”  Bazaar  displays products made by young  People with Mental Disabilities

“Open Doors” Bazaar displays products …

Under the title "Open Doors ", a volunteer team from the “Al-Safina” Association  recently launched a bazaar of handicrafts works made by mentally handicapped people. Th...

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The Tourism Ministry bans celebrations on Christmas and New Year

The Tourism Ministry bans celebrations o…

The Tourism Ministry has decided to ban parties and celebrations at tourist facilities and restaurants in all Syrian provinces on Christmas and the New Year in order to ensure that these facilities adhere to specific occupancy rates in the light of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Director of the Tourism Quality and Control at the Ministry of Tourism Ziad Al-Balkhi said that the ministry’s decision doesn’t p...

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Artist Rania Ma’sarani participates in First Virtual Plastic Art Exhibition in Ukraine

Artist Rania Ma’sarani participates in F…

Syrian plastic artist Rania Ma’sarani has taken part in the First Virtual Plastic Art Exhibition in Ukraine through a small sculpture representing a Palmyrene woman. About the importance of the exhibition, Ma’sarani said that “it is an opportunity for communication between the participating artists and the public in Ukraine, especially in the light of the spread of the Corona pandemic. This virtual exhibition helped the Syrian community and thos...

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Syrian teacher Nagham Ali wins “Global Teacher Prize 2020” for her distinguished teaching skills

Syrian teacher Nagham Ali wins “Global T…

The International “Alert Knowledge Services” organization has announced that Syrian teacher Nagham Ali, from “Martyr Ahmad al-Shanbour School” in Tartous, has won the Global Teacher Prize for the Year 2020 and that she will be honored within an online ceremony on December 20. In a statement to SANA, Nagham Ali said that she has been in contact with the organization since last November to provide it with online lessons showing innovative teaching...

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Syrian citizens in occupied Syrian Golan recall with pride the victory over the Israeli enemy and the liberation of Quneitra

Syrian citizens in occupied Syrian Golan…

Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan have asserted their commitment to set out on in the march of resilience until liberating the occupied lands and restoring them safe to the Homeland.   Freed captive, Sidqi al-Maqt, said in phone conversation with the Syrian News Agency (SANA) on the occasion of the 47th anniversary of October liberation war that citizens of the occupied Golan have confidence in the inevi...

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We started the peace process 13 years ago, and we have not achieved anything. One reason is that there are is no criteria. So, the instrument or the vision that we have is the one we agreed on in the Madrid Conference; we, as one party, and the other parties, the United Nations, the United States, and all countries of the world supported the Madrid Conference which possessed the instruments, the road, the objectives and the vision. We should reconsider the causes of the failure of the peace process; we should put new criteria and move on with confidence. Then we can achieve peace. This is the Syrian vision which we propose to the officials we meet to discuss the peace process. (December 14, 2003)

The basics are '' the full withdrawal from the occupied territories of 1967, the Palestinian State with east Jerusalem as its capital, the right of return" asserting that the initiative asserts " Arabs' desire for peace'' and exposes the '' Israelis who don't desire peace''. "The principle of the peace process is the land for peace. The land is an integrated one factor, either to be restored in full or to remain till it is to be fully restored. The second factor for Peace also consists of its components including, for example, the issue of water, relations, security arrangements including the disarmament of Mass destruction weapons and nuclear weapons which Israel possesses.

I am going to go back to the word conditions. Israel, in its statements with senior officials, always says we reject Syrian conditions. In fact, Syria has never set any conditions, and we always say that Syria does not have certain conditions at all. When Syria speaks about the bases for peace it refers to the necessity of implementing Security Council resolutions and Madrid terms of reference. These terms of reference were not invented by Syria, rather they were American ideas and they became international resolutions once they were approved by the international community. And due to the Arabs desire to reach a genuine peace, they adhered to these terms of reference. Hence, our conditions are the conditions of the international community and they stipulate the full return of the Syrian rights. The international community is the one who met in Madrid and decided what are the terms of reference for peace. Thus, the terms of reference are agreed upon by the international community and we are part of this international community and we do not live outside it.

The entire world, with the exception of Israel, has supported these terms of reference. Israel is the only country that refuses to talk about Security Council resolutions and the United Nations, and it refuses to adhere to the international will. As an example for this, I shall mention that upon his return from Madrid conference, Yitzhak Shamir said to the journalists that he will make the peace process drag for ten years and this is actually what had taken place. Now, when we say we want negotiations, negotiations for us are the means and not the end in themselves. When we started negotiations in 1991, we started because we were convinced that peace is going to be achieved through an honest broker of the negotiations and through a true adherence to the terms of reference that were announced in Madrid. Ten years from that time we can say that the peace process has suffered an absolute failure. Is it possible to re-launch future negotiations without analyzing the reasons that had led to this failure and without avoiding these reasons? This means that we could go back ten years from now and say why did the peace process fail, and we would have wasted twenty years. (February 14, 2002)

Just and comprehensive peace is attainable through the implementation of United Nations resolutions which call for Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab territories to the line of 4th June, 1967, and recognition of the right of the Arab people of Palestine to their independent state with Jerusalem its capital, and repatriation of Palestinian refugees.

We seek support to the ranks of those who advocate peace in our region, and hope that the co-sponsors of the peace process, the European Union and the United Nations will comply with the requirements of ending aggression and restoring just and comprehensive peace in our region.(February 2, 2002)

Syria has always talked about peace as a strategic option, and Syria seeks to restore rights without a high price by peaceful means and the next few months will determine war or peace depending on the Israelis in the first place.

We started the peace negotiations in 1991 with Israel. We said when Israel withdraws from our lands we recognize Israel. So when you say recognize you say it when you achieve peace. Anyway, when you have peace talks with Israel, this means you recognize the reality of Israel. But when you say verbally that we recognize it politically, that will come as a result of the peace.

The solution is through United Nations or Security Council Resolutions. Security Council resolutions define the borders by June 1967. So the fence is much far behind. I mean behind Palestinian territories. So this won't lead to any solution. The facts proved that this fence wouldn't do much to Israel, so I will advice any rational Israeli to go back to these resolutions. This is the main solution. You may sometimes win some political, security and military battles but eventually you need the stability and it happens when you have normal relations. The fence won't give you normal relations. It is a matter of people not governments.

The issue of peace was at the heart of these events and cast shadows over other issues. This process receded, in its general atmosphere, many steps backward, not only because of Israeli intransigence and its rejection to respond to the requirement of peace, but also because of the lack of international responsibility, when Israel is concerned, for the implementation of international resolutions, and the lack of seriousness on the part of the international community in shouldering its responsibilities in this concern.

We simply think that the peace process needs requirements: first of all, the will of the parties to achieve peace, second to have an honest sponsor, and third technical requirements like negotiations, terms of reference and standards. What is lacking today is the will of the Israelis; the will of the sponsor, the United States, and also the standards and criteria. So the peace process is stalled for the foreseeable future. But until that time we should not stop talking about the peace process. That is why we continue dialogue with our European friends and other concerned parties, in order to identify the mistakes of the past and in order to draw a vision for the future. And when all these conditions change we proceed forward with the peace process.

The process- the Middle East peace process- as you know has stopped for years as a result of Israel's rejection to resume the negotiations and its continued occupation of the Arab lands and its continued aggression on the Palestinian people. It is also because the international powers didn't commit themselves to their obligations towards the peace process, and because they are not serious about implementation of the international legitimacy resolutions when it comes to Israel.

We emphasize that option of just and comprehensive peace in accordance with Madrid Terms Of Reference, the relevant international resolutions and the "land for peace" formula that call upon Israel to withdraw from all Arab territories occupied in 1967, safeguard the legitimate rights of the Palestinians people in establishing their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, and complete the Israeli withdrawal from the rest of the occupied Lebanese territories. All the Arabs expressed this stand when they adopted the peace initiative in Beirut Summit in 2002, while the Israeli response to it was evasiveness, disregard and more acts of killing and persecution.

Arab peace initiative in Beirut summit reflected the Arab Nation's readiness to achieve peace but Israel reacted by increasing its aggression on the Palestinian people, rejection the international resolutions and continuing building the racial separation wall.

The peace process is in need for a peace plan and not for words, for content not for form," the President added calling for action as to salvage the Palestinians from '' massacres'' and from '' the new holocaust'' calling on Arab countries, which have relations with Israel, to break them off before it is too late. "The only reference for the peace process is that of Madrid and the resolutions it is based upon.

We, in Syria, like things to be clear. We do not like to address any issue in a vague foggy environment. We have important things that we would like to do to our country and we have no time to waste on issues which do not lead us anywhere. The mistake that was committed by some European countries and by the United States is that they believed that negotiations by themselves could bring peace.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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