28/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Europe's 'political solution'

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The European Union decided to expand the economic siege against the Syrian people for an extra 12-month and to lift the siege on exporting weapons to the Syrian insurgents...

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European Council on Foreign Affairs

'Syria: towards a political solution'...

... 'The prospect of arming the opposition raises concerns inside and outside the country. Channelling weapons into the country would likely set the scene for an even deeper and long-lasting civil conflict with very uncertain regional consequences (particularly given the indeterminate nature of many of the country’s armed groups). Though unarmed civilians continue to bear the devastating brunt of the crackdown, expanding and supporting armed resistance would invite even wider violence. Moreover, unless foreign backers were prepared to provide artillery and air capabilities, arming the opposition is unlikely to change the balance of power. It is more likely that arming the opposition may further empower the regime by discrediting the opposition among Syrians still on the fence, while also providing justification to the regime (and its international backers) to continue using violence. Finally, air strikes remain deeply problematic because of both Syria’s strong Russian-supplied air defence systems and the complexity of a battle that is largely unfolding in urban environments.
All of these options, though opening the possibility of an eventual rebel victory, do so by enabling a wider militarisation of the conflict that is likely to be long and painful for much of the country’s population...'


http://ecfr.eu/page/-/ECFR_Syria_political_solution.pdf

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.

12/11/2012

Latest News Syria: Moscow wants a political process

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Nov 12, 2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich  reiterated on Monday that linking the future of Syria to those who depend on violence and terrorism is unacceptable.

In statements quoted by Russia Today website,  Lukashevich   pointed out that Moscow has recently expressed rejection of the gunmen's threats of downing civil planes in the Syrian airspace, adding that now there are threats against foreign diplomatic missions and citizens.

He said that Russia rejects the behavior of the fundamentalists in the Syrian armed opposition.

He also reiterated the call on all sides if the crisis to stop violence and launch a political process as soon as possible, calling on foreign players to support progress in this regard according to Geneva agreement endorsed last June.

Lukashevich affirmed that those who are thinking of modernizing Syria democratically in a manner that respects its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity should work through the framework of the Security Council resolutions and the Geneva Declaration.

He  said that Russia believes that its primary task is working to end violence, save lives and launch a political process in Syria.

Regarding the efforts of international and regional sides to create new coalitions and alliances among the so-called Syrian opposition, Lukashevich said that as far as Moscow is concerned, this issue depends on whether the members of these coalitions are prepared to settle the crisis by the Syrians themselves without foreign military intervention and through dialogue and negotiations as per the framework of the Geneva declaration.

He also noted that Moscow is maintaining communication with the Syrian government and all sides of the opposition to convince them to adopt such a constructive position.

In turn, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said via Twitter that the efforts for unifying the Syrian opposition will only be useful in case they are prepared to launch political dialogue with the Syrian government as per the Geneva declaration.

Russian Military Official: Moscow Implements all Military Agreements  with Syria

Head of the Air Force Department at the Rosoboronexport Establishment, Sergei Kornev, stressed on Monday that Russia is implementing all agreements in the field of military cooperation with Syria.

In a statement quoted by Russia Today website, Kornev said that Russia is implementing all agreements signed with Syria already, adding that all exports to Syria are stipulated by these agreements.

He added that Russia's military sales to Syria do not violate the international agreements or the Russian laws.

Kornev is heading the Rosoboronexport Establishment delegation to the China Air Show 2012 exhibition which will be opened tomorrow in China.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/11/12/452073.htm

Photo: Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov

07/11/2012

Syria: meeting of Syrian and Russian leaders

Michael Bogdanov .jpgNov. 7, 2012, MOSCOW, (SANA) - Special representative of the Russian President for the Middle East affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov discussed with the Syrian ambassador in Moscow Riad Haddad the latest developments in Syria and the region.

A statement for the Russian Foreign Ministry stated Wednesday that during their meeting, the two sides discussed means of accelerating measures to put an end to the acts of violence in Syria and adopting the peaceful solution through a national comprehensive dialogue.

Pushkov: Majority of Syrians Support President al-Assad, Russia and US Stances Differ Regarding Resolving Syrian Crisis

Chairman of the Russian State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Alexey Pushkov affirmed in a press conference on Wednesday in Moscow that the majority of Syrians support President Bashar al-Assad, pointing out that the stances of Russia and the United States differ regarding resolving the crisis in Syria, rejecting the opinion that says that goals are one but the methods are different.

Pushkov said that the goal presented by the US isn't strictly the establishing of a democratic Syria and preserving its unity and territorial integrity; rather the primary US goal as State Secretary Hillary Clinton has stated repeatedly is to depose President al-Assad, asserting that this is the only missions the Americans seek to accomplish in Syria and they claim that freedom, democracy and prosperity will prevail after that.

He noted that the US administration is making amendments to this unrealistic policy, as it's become clear to everyone that deposing President al-Assad will not lead to these results automatically, explaining that Clinton announced that the Istanbul Council isn't the sole representative of the opposition and now they're betting on other formations within the opposition, saying that this represents an unseen backtracking of US policy but their main goal remains the same.

In an interview with SANA's correspondent in Moscow, Pushkov said that the US policy is changing, as Washington used to rely exclusively on Istanbul Council and the so-called free army, but now US officials have reached the conclusion that there are extremist Islamist groups that pose a risk to the US and the west in general, which is why they're trying to expand cooperation beyond the Istanbul Council and form an opposition that's more acceptable to the west and the Syrians as well.

He said that Washington listened to some degree to Russian and Chinese warnings about the danger of supporting and arming the Syrian opposition, but it still refuses to acknowledge that the Syrian government is supported by the majority of Syrians, which is very important and cannot be ignored or underplayed.

Pushkov went on to say that Russia insists on carrying out the goals of the Geneva declaration, particularly launching dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition, affirming that this is the only way that can accommodate those who support the opposition as well as those who support the Syrian government who, according to Pushkov's own experience and observations made during his visit to Damascus in February, constitute a large number of Syrians.

Mazen / H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/11/07/451301.htm

Note: The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't stop its war propaganda and its financial and military aid to terrorist groups. Some months ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists and C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The 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 including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar...