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President al-Assad Meets Brahimi, Confirms Syria’s Keenness on Success of Any Efforts Serve Syrian People, Sovereignty & Independence of Homeland

President Bashar al-Assad has stressed Syrian government’s keenness on the success of any efforts that pour in interest of the Syrian people and preserve the sovereignty and independence of the homeland.

That came during President al-Assad’s meeting with UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, and the accompanying delegation on Monday.

President al-Assad talked about the latest developments in Syria as Brahimi briefed President al-Assad on the results of the contacts and talks he recently held to help solve the crisis in Syria.

Cooperation between the Syrian government and the UN Envoy was discussed where the talks were cordial and constructive.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem, Presidential Political and Media Advisor, Buthaina Shaaban, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Dr. Faysal Mikdad and Assistant Foreign Minister, Ahmad Arnous.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Brahimi said ” We talked about problems suffered by Syria at this stage and exchanged views about the steps that could be undertaken in the future,” adding “I have talked about the steps that I see could be undertaken to help the Syrian people to exit from this crisis,”

” I briefed President al-Assad on the meetings I held with different officials in the region and outside it as I briefed him on the steps that could be taken to help the Syrian people to get out of the crisis,” the UN envoy said.

He denied as ” baseless” the news that President al-Assad delayed to accept to meet him during past visits and that he asked the Russians to mediate for the President to meet him or he will resign.

Brahimi said “the situation in Syria is still worrying,” expressing hope that ” all the parties would move toward the solution that the Syrian people are hoping for and look forward to.”

Ghossoun / SANA, 25/12/2012



Lavrov: Armed Groups in Syria Violate International Law and Practice Terrorism and the West Deals with Double-Standards

MOSCOW, (SANA)Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, criticized the western double-standard stance on terrorism, considering that “it is disappointing that our western partners at the Security Council reject condemning the terrorist attacks in Syria,” and tend to divide terrorists into bad and acceptable terrorists, which would lead to putting the world in a very dangerous situation.

In an interview with Russia Today channel, which is to be broadcast next Monday, Lavrov expressed regret over the stances announced by many external players on Syria “which still do not reflect a sincere interest in halting violence, rather they aim to achieve internal points.”

“What brings shame is that some partners get themselves occupied in directing guidance and acting like the guardians of human rights in Syria, while what is required from them is to say enough to all those who kill and try to achieve victory at the expense of human rights,” said Lavrov.

He pointed out that the armed terrorist groups in Syria are responsible for violating the international law through taking hostages and practicing terrorism.

The Russian Foreign Minister added that if the priority is to halt the violence, then a large number of international observers should be deployed in Syria and both sides should be forced to start dialogue without any preconditions, stressing that “Russia does not change regimes in the world, therefore, it will not convey the western proposals to Syria as they should be the ones to do so by themselves.”

Lavrov warned that the west is interested in changing the regime more than saving the lives of civilians.

He expressed his belief that the western countries are not resolved or insistent on military intervention in Syria, saying that “no one in the West is ready for intervention in Syria, which is why they wish that Russia and China veto UNSC resolutions contrary to what they say.”

Lavrov stressed that “it is not allowed for the Security Council, after the shameful act of our partners regarding the decision on Libya, to take decisions that have double meanings.”

F. A/H. Said – SANA, Dec 22, 2012


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