SANA NEWS

Army Member, 2 Civilians Martyred by Terrorist Groups in Homs and Hama

 

Oct 22, 2011

 

DAMASCUS, SANA_ An army member and two civilians were martyred on Friday by the fire of armed terrorist groups in the provinces of Homs and Hama.

An official source in Homs told SANA correspondent that the competent authorities chased a terrorist group and clashed with it, killing two gunmen.

In Hama, a Police leadership source told SANA correspondent that an explosive device planted by armed groups in al-Ta’awouniyeh neighborhood blew up without injury.

Another explosive device was dismantled by a military engineering unit near the Municipal Stadium in the city of Hama.

An information source on Friday denied the news broadcast by al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya Satellite Channels on deaths in the Syrian cities and considered such news as “operations orders for the armed terrorist groups.”

In Aleppo Province, an official source refuted as “false and fabricated” the news broadcast by al-Arabiya regarding warplanes flying over the city.

The source said that Aleppo Province has witnessed a normal and calm Friday as it was over the past period.

Aleppo Police Chief told SANA correspondent in Aleppo that broadcasting false and misleading news by such channels aim at spreading chaos and indicate the bankruptcy and failure of all attempts to tamper with the security of the province to complete the conspiracy to which Syria is being exposed.

4 Terrorists Arrested in Homs

Competent authorities arrested on Friday a terrorist group in a Kia truck with two mutilated bodies inside.

An official source told SANA correspondent in Homs said that the terrorist group caught in al-Warsheh neighborhood in Homs includes two gunmen and the truck driver, adding that they confessed to dumping three other bodies near al-Nakhlkeh Mosque in the same neighborhood.

The source added that another terrorist was arrested with a Kalashnikov rifle as he was shooting citizens and law-enforcement members in Bab Dreib neighborhood in Homs.

The source added that fake passports, ID cards and uniforms were found in the house of the terrorist. Ghossoun / H. Said/M.

Al-Moallem: Syria Determined to Fulfill Reform Program, Preparations Underway for Comprehensive National Dialogue Conference

Oct 21, 2011

DAMASCUS, (SANA) _ Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem has underlined that armed terrorist groups seek to destabilize the situation in Syria, and they are funded by similar organizations from neighboring countries.

Meeting a Russian media delegation on Thursday, the Minister clarified that these groups have infiltrated to Syria through the borders and they belong to Al-Qaeda and similar extremist organizations.

Al-Moallem explained to the Russian delegation, currently visiting Syria, the reality of events taking place in Syria, pointing out that the competent authorities seized big amounts of smuggled weapons, as the law enforcement forces are continuing to fulfill their duty in combating the terrorist groups to protect homeland and citizens.

On the comprehensive reform program announced by President Bashar al-Assad, al-Moallem underlined that the Syrian leadership is determined to go ahead in reform process, as the Minister reviewed the steps achieved including lifting the Emergency Law, issuing a package of regulating legislations on forming political parties, holding free parliamentary and local administrative councils elections and on free media.

The Minister pointed out that President al-Assad has set a timetable for executing the reforms within a maximum of six months.

“Preparations are underway for holding a comprehensive national dialogue conference that will embrace all the spectrums of the Syria people and the national opposition,” al-Moallem said.

He added there is an intention for holding an economic dialogue conference with the participation of the Syrian economic bodies to discuss the Syrian economic situation and means of developing it and overcoming the US and European Union economic sanctions, which negatively affect Syrians.

Al-Moallem thanked the friendly Russian people and leadership for their stances in support of Syria, and using, along with the friendly country of China, the veto in the UN Security Council to prevent exploiting this Council by Western countries to interfere in Syria’s internal affairs.

He added that Syria is working on enhancing and activating its economic relations, trade and investments exchange with the friendly countries such as Russia, China, India, Latin American countries and others.

For their parts, members of the Russian delegation expressed admiration over what Syria enjoys of cultural diversity, amity and loyalty, indicating that the situations are not as they are broadcast by some misleading mass media as all walks of life are normal.

Ping Hails Reforms in Syria…Great Powers Should Respect Sovereignty of Arab and African Countries

Oct 22, 2011

ADDIS ABABA, (SANA)- Chairman of the Commission of the African Union (AU) Jean Ping on Friday stressed rejection of foreign interferences in the internal affairs of peoples and that the great powers should respect the sovereignty and independence of the Arab and African countries.

Ping’s statements came during his meeting with Syrian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Fayssal Mikdad at the Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa.

Ping underscored the importance of coordinating work between the Arab and African countries in all fields and at the regional and international levels based on the common history and geography shared by the Arab and African peoples and the challenges they face.

The AU Commission’s Chairman hailed the reforms Syria has started implementing in response to its people’s desire, noting that this is the only way to preserve Syria’s stability and its role in the Middle East region.

Mikdad, for his part, presented a review of the situation Syria is going through and the foreign-funded and backed terrorist attacks it has been subjected to.

He also referred to the misleading campaigns conducted by some media to smear Syria’s image and incite the regional and international public opinion toward the Western countries’ plot against Syria because of its standing in the face of the conspiracies targeted against the Palestinian Cause.

Mikdad highlighted the importance of solidarity between the Arab and African peoples which are facing the same U.S.-Western schemes aimed to loot the resources of the Arab and African regions and impose political domination on their peoples.

He said that Syria, having an observer status at the African Union, supports the causes of the African peoples and wishes the Union success in protecting the African countries and defending their interests.

Armed Terrorist Group Kidnaps Policeman in Khan Terrorists Thaer Salah Saifuddin and Mahmoud Hussein al-Maleh confessed that they were part of an armed terrorist group that opened fire on demonstrators and committed robbery, murder and theft in Madaya, Damascus Countryside.In confessions broadcast on Friday evening by the Syrian TV, terrorist Saifuddin said that the weapons were brought to them from Lebanon and that a London resident, Anas al-Abdeh, is the person who was paying for these weapons. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYOuQEVJ0HM

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He mentioned that al-Abdeh sent S.P 12 million to his cousin, adding that disagreements erupted among members of the group regarding the distribution of this amount.

For his part, terrorist al-Maleh confessed to his involvement in shooting demonstrators and armed robbery of cars, affirming that his cousin was injured by the gunfire of these terrorist groups during firing on demonstrators.

Saifuddin, an assistant engineer from Madaya, said that when demonstrations began they started off by calling for reform, and then Mohammad Diab al-Nammous came along and started instructing them to open fire on demonstrations.

“Al-Nammous would stand with his armed group at the back of the demonstrations when they started… after the demonstration passes by, he would give us a command through radio to open fire n the demonstrations and we would do so to accuse security forces of opening fire,” Saifuddin said, adding that they injured Ashraf Saifuddin, Mohammad al-Halbouni and Alaa Jadid in this manner.

He went on to say that al-Nammous would issue them Fatwas permitting them to steal and rob on religious basis, telling them that they could rob any car heading to Madaya with the excuse of buying weapons and supporting the “revolution” and their group.

Saifuddin said that al-Nammous instructed them to draw security forces to a location where the gunmen were stationed on both sides of the road, with Zakaraya Nassif using a motorbike to lure the security forces vehicles to the location. Upon their arrival, al-Nammous gave the order and they opened fire, killing three security personnel and wounding three others.

He pointed out that al-Nammous, Ahmad Sultani and Abdo Mehrez smuggled AK-47 rifles, machineguns, grenades and ammo from Beirut, adding that orders came via al-Nammous from Abu Sleiman Awad from the Islamic Liberation Party which is located in Lebanon, adding that Awad snuck to Syria and visited them at an earlier date, encouraging them to protest and saying that his party supported them wholeheartedly and was prepared to provide money, weapons and more.

Saifuddin added that Anas al-Abdeh sent SYP 12 million and about 30 pistols to his cousin Rashad al-Abda via Lebanon, indicating that al-Nammous was forcing store owners to pay SYP 3000-4000 every week.

For his part, terrorist al-Maleh confessed that his group shot demonstrators upon orders from Ayham al-Nammous and Amer Seeta in order to accuse law-enforcement and army personnel soldiers of shooting the demonstrators.

“One day and while we were shooting at demonstrators, I unintentionally shot my brother Ahmad Hussein al-Maleh. At that time, I accused the law-enforcement personnel of doing so.”

He said that Jawad al-Mansour, a member of the group, had a Thuraya satellite phone which he used to phone al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya channels and tell them that the demonstrations were huge when in fact the number of the demonstrators didn’t exceed 100 persons, adding “he was telling them that law-enforcement and army personnel shot people while he was a member of a group that was doing that.”

Al-Maleh pointed out that Abu Ayham al-Nammous gave me an AK-47 rifle with 5 magazines and a handgun, and that he and the group committed 3 armed robberies, stopping cars and stealing their passengers’ possessions. The first victims were a man and his wife in a white Lada from whom they stole two mobile phones and SYP 25000. The second car was a pickup truck from which they a mobile phone and SYP 15000. In the third robbery, they stole SYP 175.000, jewelry and two mobile phones from a Saudi man and his wife.

“Abu Ayham al-Nammous ordered these operations; he told us that these people are infidels. He, himself, was addicted to drugs and gambling,” al-Maleh pointed out, adding “Amer Assaf, nicknamed Amer Seeta, gave the group members and the demonstrator’s drugs for free. All of us were taking drugs”. He concluded

Sheikhoun

Oct 21, 2011

IDLEB, (SANA)_Policemen Rabah Ghanem, a member of a law-enforcement unit in Khan Sheikhoun, Idleb governorate, related how he was kidnapped by an armed terrorist group on Tuesday and forced to record a footage of him as splitting from the unit, after being brutally beaten and tortured.

In an interview to the Syrian TV, Rabah said ”On October 18th, a white Pickup car stopped close to me and three gunmen, armed with automatic rifles, got off the car and forced me to get into the car. They blindfolded me and took me to a room where they beat me with sticks and rifle butts.”

”Later, they ordered me to announce my defection from the law-enforcement unit and wrote for me what they wanted me to say. Then they videotaped me at gunpoint and beat me again, before taking me to another room. At night, they blindfolded me again and carried me to a place close to where I am serving my duty in Khan Sheikhoun,” added Rabah.

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”They left me there, threw me off the car after taking away my military ID card and stole all the money I was carrying, in addition to a ring and a golden necklace,” he concluded.

Franjieh: Syria will not be weakened in Face of Conspiracy…Abdul-Karim Ali: Syrian People is committed to National Dialogue

Oct 21, 2011

BEIRUT, (SANA) – Leader of the Marada Movement, Suleiman Franjieh, reiterated on Thursday his confidence that Syria will not be weakened or defeated in face of the international conspiracy targeting its leadership and people.

In an interview with LBC channel, Franjieh pointed out that the huge marches witnessed in the Syrian cities to support President Bashar al-Assad are evidence on the people’s support to their leadership.

He said that the US Administration is riding the wave of some Arab countries to achieve its goals of dividing the Arab countries to serve Israel, particularly after the failure of the US military options in several countries.

Abdul-Karim Ali: Syrian people is committed to national dialogue in face of foreign conspiracy

In the same context, Syria’s Ambassador in Lebanon, Ali Abdul-Karim Ali, stressed that the Syrian people is committed to national dialogue in face of foreign conspiracy.

Ambassador Abdul-Karim pointed out in a statement after meeting leader of the Change and Reform Bloc, Michel Aoun, that the majority of the Syrian people believe that the crucial role of Syria is represented through supporting resistance and rejecting foreign options.

The Ambassador noted that the competent authorities in Syria are now dealing with the terrorist groups, stressing that Syria is restoring stability and emerging out of crisis.

He added that the Syrian leadership is serious in progressing in the comprehensive reform process under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad.

F.Allafi/al-Ibrahim

Chinese Researcher: It Is Impossible to Restore Peace in the Mideast without Active Participation of Syria

Oct 21, 2011

Beijing, (SANA) – Professor Wang Jinglie, a researcher in the Middle East Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said Syria plays a big role in the Middle East and enjoys an important geographic location, adding that “it is impossible to restore peace in the Middle East without active participation of Syria.”

In an analysis published by the China Daily newspaper, Jinglie said no wonder that Syria has become the target of the US and western powers’ schemes with every possible means – supporting opposition groups, imposing economic sanctions and several intervention attempts.

Jinglie stressed that the US and the western powers seek to turn the Mediterranean into a “NATO’s internal lake”; and for this purpose they tried weakening Syria and Iran to establish a “Great Middle East” through their selective intervention policy which serves the western interests and ambitions only.

He noted that foreign intervention attempts were confronted with the wide popular support of the Syrian leadership, pointing out that the Russian-Chinese veto against foreign intervention in Syria’s affairs saved the Middle East from rushing into chaos and its people from greater suffering.

Jinglie added that China will continue to cooperate with the region’s countries, enhance economic relations and to achieve peace and stability which will help eliminate terrorism and extremism.

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Mahmoud al-Akkari, member of an armed terrorist group in Talbiseh, Homs, confessed that his group carried out attacks and perpetrated acts of killings, abductions, rape and thefts in Talbiseh, Homs governorate.Al-Akkari said the terrorist group opened fire at protesters and killed a number of them, and set fire to shops to frame the security forces for the terrorist acts.

He also said the terrorist group attacked the political security headquarter and the district building before setting them on fire, blocked the international road several times, kidnapped five girls and killed them after raping them, in addition to a string of thefts and abductions.

Al-Akkari, who was born in Talbiseh in Homs governorate in 1978, said in confessions broadcast by the Syrian TV ”Two days after a protest took place in Talbiseh, Abdulhadi al-Akkari and Sheikh Zakariyya al-Dakka, from Talbiseh, agreed to join the protesters. Next Friday, the three of us met. Abdulhadi and Maher al-Oueijan held automatic rifles and Alaa al-Basha had a pump-action rifle. Later, we headed to Talbiseh.”

”While the protest was in progress, Abdulhadi and Maher went to al-Qalaa, an elevated place, where Sheikh al-Dakka and his gang were based,” says al-Akkari.

”At the protest, there had been shooting coming from al-Qalaa. A young man called Omar al-Oueijan was killed and we came to know that Abdulhadi was the one who opened fire to accuse the security forces of killing protesters.”

Al-Akkari confessed to attacking an ambulance which rushed to the political security burnt headquarter which was set on fire by protesters. ”We also attacked the district building and set fire to a part of it before fleeing.”

Al-Akkari said that an arms dealer in Talbiseh used to provide weapons for the group, adding that Abdulhadi told him that an amount of money wouldl be coming through Lebanon.

He also confessed that Abdulhadi related to them how he attacked a security car using RPG launchers, adding that the group used to block roads by tires. ”We blocked the international road near Talbiseh about five times, and opened fire at a Turkish bus in order to stir chaos.”

”500 gunmen used to threaten people before Friday prayers to compel them to take part in the protests. When the protest was over, shops were attacked and burnt to accuse the security forces. Once we shot at protesters from behind and killed ten of them for the same purpose,” said al-Akkari.

He admitted that Abdulhadi gang kidnapped girls before taking them to farms and murdering them.

Al-Akkari said that the group kidnapped someone called Suhail Mesto and asked for SYP 1 million as a ransom, adding that they also stole 25 sheep from al-Makramieh area

The Gulf Cooperation Council countries’ call for an extraordinary meeting of the Arab League on the ministerial level to discuss the situation in Syria is a conspiracy against Syria and not for finding solution to its problems, Director of Yafa Center for Studies and Researches in Cairo Rifaat al-Sayyed Ahmad said.In an article entitled “To Dr. Nabil al-Arabi…the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Wants to Slaughter Syria and Not Helping the Syrians” published in the Egyptian Ad-Dustour Newspaper on Monday, al-Sayyed Ahmad asserted that these countries don’t work for the freedom of the Syrian people but to disengage their ties with the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance to serve the US interests.

He said: “Syria, like most Arab countries, needs a political reform and combating corruption,” accusing the Gulf Council of seeking to issue a resolution justifies no-fly zone over Syria then occupying it as it did before in Libya under the pretext of protecting it.

Al-Sayyed Ahmad described the meeting as “a conspiracy” to besiege Hezbollah Party and Hamas movement and the Arab resistance to whom Syria has ensured the protection and support, saying that the Israeli-Western alliance and its traditional allies do not want this resistance, but a new Middle East devoid of it.

He addressed the Arab League Secretary General Dr. Nabil al-Arabi by saying “the approval of the GCC’ request to condemn Syria is an attempt to pave the way for its occupation and it is shameful for that to be done during your term in office,”

The writer added the Syrians without doubt want reform without any foreign interference in their country’s internal affairs, pointing out that the GCC called for this meeting according to the desire of Washington and Israel.

Al-Sayyed Ahmad advised Dr. al-Arabi not to imbrue his hands with the Arabs blood, calling him to lead, along with the honest Arab Ministers, the ship of dialogue and reconciliation and not that of war, aggression and internal disturbances.

H. Zain / Ghossoun

Grand Mufti of the Republic: Syria is Targeted Due to its Commitment to Resistance

Oct 16, 2011

DAMASCUS, (SANA)_Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun said Syria is targeted due to its commitment to the Palestinian cause and support to resistance.

During his meeting with an Indian delegation of researchers, journalists, political analysts and representatives of tourist companies, Hassoun said that the enemies of Syria have been trying to obstruct the march of reforms by inciting crises.

He urged the members of the delegation to inspect the situation on the ground and see for themselves the falsity of some Arab and Western media claims, hailing the Indian stances in support of Syria at international forums.

For their part, the members of the delegation said that what they saw over the past couple of days proves that the claims of Western media on the situation in Syria are fake and contrary to the situation on the ground, hoping that Syria would emerge from the crisis as soon as possible

Oct 16, 2011

LATTAKIA, (SANA) – A homeland tent was set up on Sunday in al-Ramel al-Janoubi suburb in Lattakia city in support of Syria’s national stances and rejection of foreign interference in the internal affairs of Syria.Participants stressed that the activity aims at assembling all citizens under the ceiling of the homeland and changing the atrocious image promoted by instigative channels about al-Ramel al-Janoubi suburb.They also asserted that the activity is a message to the whole world that the Syrian people is united in face of foreign interference and support the national dialogue process and Syria’s national stances.Several army and security members who restored stability and security to the suburb were honored during the activity.

Two Law-Enforcement Members Martyred in Hama, Two Cars Loaded with Weapons Seized on Homs-Tartous Crossroads
Oct 16, 2011

HAMA, HOMS, (SANA)- Two law-enforcement members were martyred and two were injured on Sunday in an ambush set by an armed terrorist group in al-Jarajmeh neighborhood in Hama while they were performing their duty in preserving the security of the neighborhood.An official source in Hama told SANA Correspondent that an armed terrorist group who spread behind the houses opened fire on the law-enforcement members using machineguns as two members were martyred and two were wounded.

Two Cars Loaded with Weapons Seized on Homs-Tartous Crossroads, 38 Wanted Arrested

The competent authorities in Homs on Sunday seized two cars loaded with various types of weapons and ammunition on Homs-Tartous Crossroads as four wanted members of the armed terrorist groups were arrested.An informed source in Homs Province told SANA Correspondent that the seized weapons include RPG launchers, Kalashnikov rifles, pump-action rifles, snipers, pistols and various types of ammunition.The source added that hunting and pursuing the criminals by the competent authorities in Homs have resulted in arresting 34 wanted and seizing a lot of weapons

Policeman Martyred from an RPG Shrapnel Wound

Oct 16, 2011HOMS, (SANA)- Traffic Policeman Jamal al-Ammar was martyred on Saturday from an RPG shrapnel wound in the head he had last Wednesday. Al-Ammar was hit with the shrapnel near Homs National Hospital as it was the target of the RPG. The martyr was born in Mahin, Homs, in 1983

TEHRAN, (SANA)- Deputy Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, Brigadier General Hussein Salami, described the US allegations of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador in Washington as “ridiculous and baseless”. Brig. Gen. Salami said in a press statement on Wednesday that these allegations are such “a threadbare and baseless scenario” through which the US is trying to divert the public opinion form the Wall Street protest movement and the failure of the US in carrying out its suppressive policies in the region and the world. “The repeated defeats suffered by the US leaders in their foreign policy have driven them to formulating ridiculous and baseless scenarios with the hope of distracting the international public opinion from the defeated capitalist system,” said the Guards Deputy Commander.He added that the US allegations aim at causing divisions among the region’s countries

Ghab Water Resources Center Guard Martyred in Terrorist Attack, Armed Group Abducts Retired Police OfficerOct 17, 2011

HAMA/DARAA, (SANA) – Yousef Hmaidoush, a guard at the Ghab Water Resources Center in Hama, was martyred on Sunday when an armed terrorist group broke into the Center to vandalize and loot it.

An official source told SANA’s correspondent in Hama that 10 hooded men armed with AK-47 rifles and pump-action shotguns broke into the Center and attempted to abduct its three guards who fought the gunmen.The gunmen were attempting to force the guards into the cars they came in, a white pickup truck and a station sedan, at gunpoint. Hmaidoush was martyred after being stabbed in the neck and head with a sharp object, while his colleague sustained two gunshots to the leg and back. The third guard escaped unscathed.The source added that the gunmen fled towards al-Ashareh bridge and that the authorities were notified and are working to apprehend the criminals.

Armed Terrorist Group Abducts Retired Police Brigadier General in Hama Countryside

An armed terrorist group on Sunday abducted retired police Brigadier General Mousa Ashish from his home in Karnaz, Hama countryside.An official source at the Interior Ministry said that five terrorists in a black Kia attacked the home of Brig. Gen. Ashish and abducted him at gunpoint, taking him to an unknown destination.

The source added that the authorities are working to uncover Ashish’s whereabouts to free him.

Armed Terrorist Groups Cut Off Roads Connecting Daraa Villages, Authorities Dismantle Explosives

Armed terrorist groups on Sunday attempted to cut off roads connecting villages in Daraa governorate by placing stones and emtal objects to stop and hinder traffic.The authorities dismantled handmade explosives that a terrorist groups threw at houses and security forces in Daael area.

Wahab hails stances of Russia and China at UN Oct 16, 2011BEIRUT, (SANA)- Leader of Arab Tawhid Party in Lebanon We’am Wahab condemned the foreign attempts that target Syria’s pan-Arab and patriotic stances, hailing Russia and China for their support to Syria. Putting the cornerstone of a new hospital in al-Shouf Sundy , Wahab said that stances of Russia and China at the UN have restored part of the balance for the international community and stopped “the US madness that destroyed part of the Arab nation

Syria Voices Reservation on Arab League Resolution Part and Parcel

Oct 17, 2011

CAIRO, (SANA) – Syria’s Permanent Representative to the Arab League Ambassador Youssef Ahmad on Sunday announced Syria’s reservation on the Arab League’s resolution part and parcel, including its wording and particularly naming Qatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister as head of the Arab Ministerial Committee.

Ambassador Ahmad said that there are substantial reasons and considerations related to the biased and negative role played by Qatar both in terms of politics and media towards the events in Syria which constitute escalation d instigation against Syria and distortion of the facts regarding what is actually happening in it.

He said that Syria has reservations over the resolution’s inclusion of an invitation to holding comprehensive dialogue at the Arab League headquarters, affirming that Syria is an independent and sovereign country led by a legitimate authority capable of running the country’s affairs and protecting its security and the safety of its citizens, and that any national dialogue can only be held in Syria with the participation of all social groups regardless of their affiliation with the presence of the Arab League according to comprehensive guarantees and mechanism that are agreed upon.

In this context, Ambassador Ahmad stressed that Syria’s Arab and regional position hasn’t and won’t change from being an element of security and stability, and that it cannot become introverted or abandon its stances and role in directing Arab common actions and defending Arab causes and rights.

The statement was made during the urgent Arab League Council meeting on the level of Foreign Ministers which was held at the request of the Gulf Cooperation Council to discuss the situation in Syria.

The meeting was concluded by forming a ministerial committee tasked with communicating with the Syrian leadership and opposition in preparation for holding a comprehensive national dialogue conference at the Arab League headquarters under its auspices within 15 days.

Earlier in the meeting, Ambassador Ahmad said in a speech that the security situation in Syria is leaning towards clam and stability, adding that this helps implement the laws, decrees and steps that bolster liberties and political, social, and economic reforms without external interference.

During his speech at an Arab League extraordinary meeting, the Ambassador pointed out that President Bashar al-Assad issued a presidential decision on forming a national committee to prepare a new draft constitution, and that the committee includes figures for their integrity and competence, representing all Syrian including the opposition.

Ambassador Ahmad added that Syria’s efforts to restore security and stability are still hindered by criminal activities of armed groups with known agendas, purposes and external connections.

He called for activating the recommendations set by the Arab League Secretary-General after his visit to Syria in September 10th in order to ensure that the League’s General Secretariat can inspect the reality of the events and the process of the reform program in addition to its participation in the sessions of national dialogue.

The Ambassador went on to note that over a month has passed since the Arab League issued a statement on developments in Syria to which Syria expressed reservations due to its negativity and some actions by some sides at the Arab League, stressing that these actions didn’t reflect a serious intent for reaching an agreement between the League and Syria to cooperate and help end the crisis, avoid bloodshed and prevent foreign interference.

He added that the Secretary-General’s report apparently didn’t suit some sides which sought to neutralize it, taking advantage of the negative neutrality and indifference prevailing in Arab League meetings towards the serious repercussions of developments in the region which eventually aim at ending the Arab-Israeli conflict at the expense of the nation’s interest and pressuring Palestinians to offer concessions, all of which will ultimately have repercussions on all Arabs.

Ambassador Ahmad pointed out to the statements of Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawai who affirmed his country’s commitment to Syria’s security and stability, underlining the importance of the announced reforms and voicing belief that the Syrians can resolve their problems on their own, adding that such a stance isn’t unusual from Oman or from any other Arab country that realizes that crises in one Arab country will affect all others.

He stressed that internal crises mustn’t become an opportunity for settling scores over arguments or differences in politics, nor must they become means to serve foreign agendas that pretend to protect Arab interests and security.

The Ambassador noted that in opposite to the Arab inert if not negative movement towards Syria, the most prominent development in the last month was the US-European movement at the UN Security Council to issue a resolution which aims at blockading and punishing Syria and creating appropriate conditions for foreign interference in Syria’s affairs.

“This movement was courageously confronted by Russia and China based on conviction that the resolution was based on the culture of confrontation and threats of imposing sanctions which target the Syrian people. That draft law ignored the acts committed by the armed terrorist groups which claimed, from September 13th to October 14th only, the lives of 160 army and law-enforcement personnel and left 850 others injured, a third of which suffering from permanent disabilities.” He elaborated.

He pointed out that the weapons found with terrorists included Israeli hand grenades and machineguns, and that these weapons were used by the armed opposition to kill the Syrian people, yet not a single Arab figure expressed condemnation of these acts.

He added “We, in Syria, thought that the criminal acts of these armed groups must elicit balanced reactions from Arabs and that they would condemn targeting the army, the public and private properties, and the civilian lives or at least the attacks perpetrated against the Syrian embassies, the last of which was the attack on the Syrian Embassy in Cairo yesterday, but regretfully the persons behind this criminal act are connected financially and logistically with sides in Arab states which we won’t name for now.”

He stressed that the Arab indifference towards the acts of violence committed by armed terrorist groups reflects a grave fact that the concepts of Arab common actions and some Arab policies are now governed by rules and considerations other than Arab common interest.

Ambassador Ahmad expressed Syria’s appreciation of the rational stance of Russia and China because it restored much balance, justice and credibility to the standards of international work in face of the brutal desire of some sides of the international community to make the Security Council a tool for interfering in the affairs of other countries, adding that Syria believes that the Arab League must shoulder its responsibilities and to act in accordance with the information that the Russian-Chinese stance is based upon along with the recommendations of the League’s Secretary-General.

“In this context, we don’t think that the Arab League’s mission is limited to issuing a negative and ineffective statement that doesn’t pose a true vision reflecting honest Arab will to preserve Syria’s security and stability, help it emerge from this crisis, confront attempts at foreign interference in its internal affairs, and encouraging all sides to engage in constructive national dialogue,” he said.

The Ambassador affirmed that Syria is confident in the Arabs ability to shoulder their responsibilities in Syria in accordance to article 8 of the Arab League charter which stipulates for respecting every country’s government and not taking actions to change it.

He also called for making serious efforts to stop the instigating, methodical media operation on the part of Arab media organizations operating under the cover of political and intellectual independence while they are in fact completely removed from professionalism, ethics, credibility and the Arab media code of honor.

Ambassador Ahmad said that those in a relevant position of authority are responsible for every drop of blood shed in Syria because of the rallying, instigation and propaganda undertaken by mass media against Syria and their intentional suppression of the civilian, army and police victim murdered by terrorist groups.

He went on to say that these channels continue to fabricate fake stories about dead people who are actually still alive and adopt any story even if it’s supported by a blurry composite 10-second video or unknown ghosts labeled as “eye witnesses” or “juridical activist” in order to weave lies about massacres committed by the army and security forces and besieging cities and towns, all of which aims at demonizing the authority in Syria at any cost with their ultimate goal being summoning any form of foreign interference in Syrian affairs.

“Naturally, this includes the cheap performance of channels broadcasting from Arab capitals and financed by sources which I believe are known to us and to all of you, wearing falsely the mantle of Islam and employing men claiming to possess knowledge and forgot the teachings of God that state that sedition is more grave than murder,” the Ambassador said, adding that these channels still attempt to sow discord and hatred among Syrians and sic Muslims against each other, affirming that Syria has a detailed and documented record of these channels’ performance and those who finance and support.

He pointed out to the strange and suspicious date for holding this meeting, hoping that it isn’t in any way related to the failure of the US-European movement against Syria in the Security Council, adding that Syria will remain positive and open to any honest and effective Arab effort aiming at resolving the crisis without foreign interference.

Ambassador Ahmad added “In this context, we officially resubmit the Syrian initiative concerning enhancing the issues of democracy, reforms and human rights in the Arab states… it includes issuing a resolution by the Arab League that contains a comprehensive Arab vision regarding democracy and reforms in the Arab states and benefiting from the expertise of all countries in the fields of freedom, democracy, human rights, party pluralism, ensuring the right to express and law of protests.

“We, in Syria, will continue the reform program announced by President Bashar al-Assad… we’ll continue meeting the public demands of our people, protecting their lives and properties, and defending Syria’s security and stability. We assure that we will not allow terrorism and extremism to undermine the independence of our national stances. We reiterate our appreciation for the stances of the friendly countries that realized the plot targeting Syria and rejected all forms of foreign intervention in the Syrian internal affairs.

“We call on the Arab League to follow the example of Russia and China in confronting the US-European efforts aiming at making the Security Council a tool for interfering in countries’ internal affairs and making the Arab League a tool for the US-Western agendas.” Ambassador Ahmad concluded

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