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Shaaban: “Solving crisis depends on Int’l will to stop backing terrorism”

Presidential Political and Media Advisor Dr. Bouthina Shaaban stressed that the performance of the Syrian Arab Republic’s delegation to Geneva2 Conference was good thanks to the strong faith in the homeland, the steadfastness of the leadership and the Syrian people and the good preparations for it.

“The official delegation is still working on evaluating the first round and briefing the leadership on what took place during the talks since coming back from Geneva,” Shaaban said in an interview with the Syrian TV Channel on Wednesday evening.

She pointed out that the decision has not been taken yet for going back to the upcoming round, clarifying that they are waiting for the directives of the leadership in this regard.

“The U.S. Ambassador, Robert Ford, was leading the coalition delegation called ‘the opposition’, and it seems that those constituting the delegation have become convinced that they should send more experienced delegates to be capable to face the Syrian delegation,” she added.

Shaaban expressed hope to see a national opposition that is keen on Syria and interested in halting bloodshed but not only to merely broaden the number of the coalition delegation.

She clarified that the real reason behind the crisis in Syria is a result of regional and international interfering factors in Syria’s affairs. “Fore instance, when the Turkish government pitched tents on its land before the occurrence of any displacement cases and when Qatar initiated, through the Arab League, to propose interfering resolutions and internationalize the issue.”

Shaaban said that what is required from the foreign powers is to stop financing, arming and supporting the terrorists in Syria because solving the crisis depends, in a big part of it, on the international and regional will of halting support to the terrorists.

She considered that the U.S. decision on the eve of dialogue in Geneva regarding resuming the military support to the terrorists in Syria has complicated the crisis in a time when the USA should be in the political track along with Russia.

The Advisor pointed out that the U.S. administration continues working to achieve the goals of the Israeli occupation entity which aim at dismembering the region on the basis of races and sects to justify the existence of Israel as a Jewish state.

The Presidential Advisor expressed hope that the U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia next month would be for putting an end to the outrageous behavior of Saudi Arabia against Syria, which is represented by supporting, financing and arming the terrorists.

She pointed out that the latest Saudi decision on punishing all those who came back after fighting in Syria is meant to protect the Saudis as it represents a sense of danger and mistake.

Shaaban added that Syria has not have any reservations at any time to dialogue with the USA if it wants to start all over again with a different attitude “because we are open, self-confident and adherent to our rights, but the dialogue should be held on the Syrian soil”, clarifying that what made the Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem decline the U.S. dialogue proposal in Geneva is the fact that the time and place are not suitable for such a proposal,”

She said that the files of Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine are related to each other, as there is a blatant and systematic U.S. interference, which is not consistent with the international legitimacy and sovereignty of states, considering that the characteristic of the Russian policy is that it abides by the international legitimacy, the UN Charter and self -determination of nations. 

 Bashar al-Jaafari: “Our main problem is with operators of coalition delegation”

Bashar al-Jaafari: “Syria’s official delegation’s mechanism of dialogue unveiled the faults of other delegations”

For his part, Syria’s permanent Envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari affirmed that the Syrian official delegation was not only negotiating the coalition delegation called / opposition /, but it was negotiating 13 delegations, namely the coalition delegation, the UN delegation represented by Lakhdar Brahimi in addition to 11 other delegations which were residing in “the hotel of coalition” and gave them their orders.

Al-Jaafari, in an interview with SAMA TV, added that the mechanism which the Syrian official delegation has invented unveiled the faults of the other delegations which began to occur for public, the latest of which was the resignation of the Arab League representative Naser al-Qidwa and the serious talk about the US ambassador Robert Ford’s leaving his mission at the end of the current month.

He said that the masters of the coalition delegation have failed in administrating the dialogue process, so there would be changes in their delegation and the coalition delegation too, as all became convinced, among them the US and the UN that it is not possible to discuss Syria future with such a delegation without the attendance of a broad spectrum representation of the Syrian people.

“We don’t reject tackling Geneva 1 communiqué, but within the logic and reasonable sequence of its items,” al-Jaafari said, adding that Syria’s official delegation is evaluating the process of the first round to convey it to the leadership to be later studied, then deciding the participating in the second round.

He made clear that the crisis file is no longer Syrian-Syrian, in spite of the presence of the interior dimension of the crisis, but there is an Arab, regional and international dimension which we saw in Montreux where they selected 40 delegations, the majority of them were governments which are hostile to Syria.

Al-Jaafari said that the Syrian official delegation went to Geneva conference with an open mentality and the first word it said that it didn’t come to Geneva to register a Syrian victory over another Syrian, while the other delegation was lacking representation with a sole possession, namely the authority, rejection of sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and rejecting the foreign intervention in Syria’s domestic affairs.

He added that the humanitarian file was one of the papers to practice a political pressure on the Syrian government.

Al-Jaafari affirmed that Syria is ready to engage in any process that realizes the end of bloodshed, the halt of terrorism and the foreign intervention in Syria’s affairs to draw its future by the Syrians themselves.

He hoped that the scope of negotiators and dialogue would not be long, adding “we want to see in the upcoming rounds a delegation that has credibility, in minimum, in representing the other sides, and if this happens, it will be a serious sign by their side to actually engage in discussing and outlining Syria future , away of foreign intervention and terrorism.


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