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Syrian Information Minister Omran Al-Zoubi

Syrian Information Minister, Omran Al-Zoubi

 

“If there is anybody who thinks of the possibility of the so-called stepping down of President al-Assad, then they are living in a fantasy world”.

“The US is involved through its intelligence agencies in a lot of what happened in Syria supported by Turkey and Qatar”.

“There are thousands of kidnapped by the armed terrorist groups for more than two years and the coalition delegation should submit lists of their names and be responsible for their release”.

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Information Minister, Omran Al-Zoubi, on Sunday said the humanitarian issue should be dealt with as a whole and it should not be partitioned.

Al- Zoubi told reporters in Geneva that the Syrian government wants to provide all (Syrians in need ) with assistance regardless of their political stances.

The Minister affirmed that the humanitarian aid is the second of the Syrian government’s priorities after the security arrangements, but we should be realistic regarding the way of delivering the aid.

“There are thousands of kidnapped by the armed terrorist groups for more than two years and the coalition delegation should submit lists of their names and be responsible for their release” Minister al-Zoubi said.

Al-Zoubi noted that there is a basis to which the state is based on in dealing with the terrorism so it acts in a state logic and gives a chance to those who are misled to return to the homeland, while the terrorist organizations linked to the external intelligence apparatus talk about their relations with the coalition, and those are whom we confront.

“The US is involved through its intelligence agencies in a lot of what happened in Syria supported by Turkey and Qatar.” The Minister said.

Al-Zoubi pointed out that the Syrian official delegation is in Geneva to discuss solutions and to set a political track for the political process, pointing out that the negotiations are not a matter of several days, as some countries should be asked about their stance regarding ideas for a solution to the crisis in Syria.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Erdogan must be asked whether they have quenched their thirst for Syrian blood yet”, Al-Zoubi added

Al-Zoubi

Al-Zoubi

Al-Zoubi stressed that in spite of the difficult situation on the ground and economic circumstances, the government managed to deliver polio vaccines to the farthest village in the country, including areas where there are terrorists and gunmen, through social figures and dignitaries.

The Minister clarified that the government is able to implement plans of prompt response in Homs and other areas in the country through its bodies and tools, on top of which is the Higher Relief Committee, adding “but there must be a guarantee that aid convoy trucks are not fired upon, robbed, or attacked, in addition to ensuring that relief actually reach those who need it and that the convoy returns safely.”

He noted that the coalition delegation of the so-called “opposition” posed the issue of delivering aid to Homs, saying “we say that all the Syrian cities, villages and neighborhoods are equal in terms of position for the government, as is Homs,” pointing out that the aforementioned delegation claims that there are 1,500 besieged people in one of Homs neighborhoods, whereas there are up to 600,000 besieged people in the adjacent neighborhood of al-Waar, in addition to the towns of Nubbol and al-Zahraa in Aleppo, which have been  blockaded for two years, and the worker city of Adra where people were decapitated  according to leaked photos.

He added that…

terrorists affiliated to the so-called Islamic Front and Jabhet al-Nusra have come – in the 21st century – to decapitate, hang bodies on electricity poles, and play football with human heads

…noting that video footage of this is uploaded on Youtube, showing what happened to people in Adra, al-Zahraa and Nubbol.

The Minister reiterated that the Syrian government views all civilians besieged in any area in Syria in the same light and treats them equally, noting that delivering aid is linked to field and logistic circumstances which is why this issue must be tackled wholesale to help all Syrian citizens who are besieged or didn’t receive relief.

Al-Zoubi called upon the other party called “opposition” to request the armed terrorist groups, with which it acknowledges its relation, to lift the blockade on thousands of children in Nubbol, al-Zahraa and Adra where more than 100,000 people are besieged.

“They were told of that during yesterday’s session through the UN Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, and said we should seal with this humanitarian issue as an indivisible whole,” al-Zoubi said, adding that the humanitarian aid is priority but delivering it to the people who need it in some areas to security arrangements.

The Minister pointed out that the other delegation which represents the so-called “coalition” – which does not actually represent opposition in light of the absence of opposition forces that have more representation on the ground – must give information and data about the names of those who it claims are arrested, their numbers and place, and whether they could be released, wondering…

could they, for example, release those abducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham?

He said that there thousands of abductees in Syria, some of whom have been missing for over two and a half years, in addition to entire families who were transported to unknown locations, adding that both the issues of the arrested and the kidnapped are humanitarian issues that should be tackled at once without differentiation.

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Regarding what is called “the transitional governing body,” al-Zoubi said this issue needs revision, noting that after the issuance of Geneva1 communiqué on June 30th, 2012, the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry issued a statement on July 23th regarding this matter, while former U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton commented on her own explanation of this term, with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also commenting on it, saying “all that is part of the discussion, as there has been confusion about this concept.”

Al-Zoubi reaffirmed that the Syrian delegation does not have a problem regarding any topic on the table…

“but if there is anybody who thinks of the possibility of the so-called stepping down of President al-Assad, then they are living in a fantasy world”.

He added that Syria is a state that has its own constitution which governs all institutions and the behavior of the President, the ministers and the government, and the delegation here is present in accordance with the constitution.

The Minister called all mass media outlets in the world to visit Syria to witness what is happening in it with their own eyes, noting that over 430 media outlets have been allowed to enter Syria and operate freely.

On the fake news reported by some media outlets, al-Zoubi hoped that all mass media would be fair in its coverage and take other viewpoints into consideration, adding “for example, there is no state in the world that would burn the hospitals or destroy the roads it had been building over 50 years”.

He said that refraining from giving direct or indirect statements to al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya is due to the fact that these two establishments have strayed from the journalism codes of honor and ethics, and because they are complicit in shedding Syrian blood, not to mention the position of the Qatari and Saudi entities and their governments and media regarding what is happening in Syria which has reached the point of outright lies, slander and instigation.

On the coalition delegation’s attempts to link the Syrian state to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), al-Zoubi said that the parroting of such statements means that the coalition delegation has nothing to address the Syrian people and that this delegation represents a part of the coalition which is falling apart.

“Promoting the idea that ISIS was created by the Syrian state is classified as political comedy, because ISIS, Jabhet al-Nusra and other such organizations are the second, third and fourth generations of Al Qaeda which was originally spawned by the Muslim Brotherhood”

the Minister said, asserting that such claims are ridiculous and there’s proof contradicting them, as arrested members of these organizations confirmed who they answer to, who funds them, and what kind of relations they have with intelligence agencies of neighboring countries.

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Syria’s official delegation to Geneva 2 conference, Deputy Foreign Minister, Fayssal Mikdad: “Terrorism should be the first item of discussions in Geneva 2 conference”.

Fayssal Mikdad

Deputy Foreign and expatriates Minister, member of Syria’s official delegation to Geneva 2 conference Fayssal Mikdad

Deputy Foreign and expatriates Minister, member of Syria’s official delegation to Geneva 2 conference Fayssal Mikdad affirmed that the first item that should be discussed in this conference is the item of terrorism because it is not possible to discuss issues related to Syria’s present and future while the machine of killing is still on the necks of the Syrians, so anyone who would lead the dialogue sessions has to give this issue the importance it deserves.

Mikdad, at a press conference in Geneva on Sunday, said that Syria’s official delegation doesn’t fear of discussing any issue at all, rather, it says that this is the right way to get Syria out of the current crisis, adding that the official delegation came to the conference to solve the crisis, stop terrorism and war on Syria as well as foreign intervention.

He affirmed that Syria’s official delegation will exert every possible effort to have discussions be successful away from all formalities, but what is important to the delegation is to enter the essence of issues of concern for the Syrian people.

Mikdad said that the official delegation is authorized by the Syrian leadership to take all decisions which would end the crisis, and it has been preparing since a long-time all issues related to these meetings and is ready to assume its responsibilities.

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Geneva 2 – SANA delegate –  English Bulletin – 26 January 2014

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