24/05/2013

Latest News Syria: 'Political solution' with American weapons...

Syria.Friends_of_Saudi.Arabia.jpg“Friends of Syria”: Assad Has no Role in Future of Syria

May 23, 2013

Participants in the so-called “Friends of Syria” conference considered on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad had no role in the future of Syria and pledged to “boost support to the opposition until a transitional government is in place.”

In a joint statement issued at the end of more than five hours of talks in Jordan, the 11 nations agreed that “Assad, his regime, and his close associates with blood on their hands cannot play any role in the future of Syria”.

The statement added that “the ministers also said that until Geneva conference in June results in the formation of a transitional government, they will intensify support to the opposition, and will take all the necessary measures.”

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=94659&...

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'New US Senate bill on Syria'

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May 20, 2013

Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a new bill to support the transition in Syria (Syria Transition Support Act).

This text, which reflects John Kerry’s efforts, focuses on six key elements: 
- Authority to provide arms (including ground-to-air missiles) and military training to the Syrian armed opposition; 
- Creation of an annual $250 million fund through FY2015 for regional transition support; 
- Sanctions on arms and oil sales to Syria. 
- Humanitarian assistance. 
- Coordination between the government and Congress for the Geneva 2 conference; 
- Amendment to the Syria Accountability Act to allow for sanctions removal once a transitional government is in place and chemical weapons are secured.Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a new bill to support the transition in Syria (Syria Transition Support Act).

This text, which reflects John Kerry’s efforts, focuses on six key elements: 
- Authority to provide arms (including ground-to-air missiles) and military training to the Syrian armed opposition; 
- Creation of an annual $250 million fund through FY2015 for regional transition support; 
- Sanctions on arms and oil sales to Syria. 
- Humanitarian assistance. 
- Coordination between the government and Congress for the Geneva 2 conference; 
- Amendment to the Syria Accountability Act to allow for sanctions removal once a transitional government is in place and chemical weapons are secured.

President Barack Obama called his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman to rile against Hezbollah’s intervention, at odds with Lebanon’s policy of neutrality.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article178559.html

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'Kerry warns Syria's Assad against rejecting political solution'

May 22, 2013

(Reuters) - Western governments are ready to increase support to opponents of President Bashar al-Assad if he rejects a political solution to Syria's civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

Kerry said recent military gains by Assad's forces were only temporary and that if the Syrian leader believed that the counter-offensives against the rebels would be decisive, "then he is miscalculating".

Kerry was speaking in Amman before a meeting of the Friends of 'Syriagroup of nations' - mainly Western and Arab opponents of Assad.

23/02/2013

Latest News Syria: meetings with political parties and forces

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Dialogue Subcommittees Continue Meetings in Several Provinces

Feb 23, 2013

Sweida subcommittee, which is tasked with setting the required mechanisms for inviting the national opposition and various political forces to dialogue, held on Saturday a consultative meeting with the educational sector workers in the province to discuss the form and content of the national dialogue conference in implementation of the political program to solve the crisis in Syria.

Governor of al-Sweida Province, Head of the subcommittee, Dr. Atef al-Naddaf, stressed that the committee will not rule out anyone from the consultative meetings.

He pointed out that the subcommittee held meetings with political parties and forces and religious activities and it received proposals that could contribute to enriching the national dialogue which will draw the future of renewed Syria.

The participants in the meeting stressed the necessity of experts and specialists' participation in the dialogue to serve the interests of Syria and preserve its sovereignty.

Idleb Subcommittee Continues Meetings

In Idleb, the sub-committee tasked with setting the required mechanisms for inviting the national opposition and various political forces to dialogue continued its meetings with youth and partisan sides as to discuss ways to overcome the crisis.

Idleb Governor, Safwan Abu Saadi, said that the dialogue gives opportunity for communication and interaction among the different sides, adding that the dialogue is aimed at building the modern Syria through pluralism and enhancing the national unity.

The participants stressed the need to communicate with all sides and pave the way for a successful dialogue, calling for boycotting the Turkish goods which were sent to Syria and were proved to be unfit for human use, particularly children food.

Homs Dialogue Subcommittee Meets Political, Social and Cultural Figures

In Homs Province, the subcommittee held a consultative meeting with a number of political parties and forces and social and cultural figures.

The meeting discussed means of reaching joint views on the form and content of the national dialogue to get out of the crisis in Syria.

Homs Governor, Head of Homs Subcommittee, Ahmad Munir Mohammad, stressed the importance of consultations with all activities to reach joint views on the national dialogue.

The Governor pointed out to the importance of economic activities and movements which are active on the ground in presenting proposals and solutions to overcome the current difficulties.

Participants in the meeting pointed out to the necessity of delivering aid to the people who deserve and speeding up rebuilding infrastructure and bringing home the displaced people.

Damascus Dialogue Subcommittee Holds Consultative Meeting with Teachers' Association and Women's Union

Damascus dialogue subcommittee discussed with the Teachers' Association and Women's Union in Damascus the role of popular organizations and professional syndicates in presenting the views of official and popular bodies to launch comprehensive national dialogue.

Governor of Damascus, Head of the Subcommittee, Bishr al-Sabban, stressed that there is no limit to proposals as long as they adhere to the national principles and sovereignty, pointing out that the submitted work papers are considered the basis for the comprehensive national dialogue.

Damascus dialogue subcommittee is meeting official and popular bodies for two months to present proposals for comprehensive national solution to the crisis through dialogue.

M. Nassr/ F.L/H.Said

http://www.sana-syria.com/eng/21/2013/02/23/468905.htm

14/11/2012

Russia calls Washington to choose for a political dialogue

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Russia asks Washington to choose for political dialogue rather than to undermine by military force, the souvereignity of other countries

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Nov. 14, 2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday stressed that the solution to the crisis in Syria is through dialogue along with guaranteeing Syria's sovereignty, affirming that the priority is putting an end to violence according to the Geneva declaration which forms the basis for future work.

After meeting the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Lavrov said that all foreign players must work to apply the Geneva declaration and pressure all sides in Syria to apply it, saying that if this is done, then there's no need for a Security Council resolution on Syria.

The Russian Foreign Minister said that the meeting that took place in Doha didn't unify the entire opposition because there are opposition groups inside Syria that didn't participate in it.

He pointed out that Russia meets all opposition representatives and seeks to unify them on the basis of dialogue, not on the basis of the Doha meeting which was built on rejecting dialogue and destroying the institutes of the Syrian state completely.

Lavrov affirmed that Russia is defending the Syrian people, and that its priority is not make sure that no more victims fall in Syria, adding that it was the one to suggest issuing the Geneva declaration as a Security Council resolution, but western countries foiled this by seeking to insert  articles that weren't in the declaration, in addition to their rejection of holding a meeting in New York for the work group which convened in Geneva.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/11/14/452561.htm

(The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't want a political solution and doesn't stop its financial and military aid to terrorist groups.
C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries to Syria.)