Turkey continues artillery shelling, govt seeks parliament approval for military action

Howitzers artillery pieces are seen at a Turkish military camp near the Turkey-Iraq border, in the province of Sirnak, southeast Turkey, 28 October 2007.(AFP Photo / Mustafa Ozer)

Turkey’s military continues to shell Syria while the government awaits parliamentary approval for military operations on its neighbor’s territory after five Turkish civilians were allegedly killed by casual fire from Syria.

Several Syrian soldiers have been killed in artillery shelling from Turkish territory on Thursday night, reports the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Ankara has confirmed it is firing on positions of the Syrian military. Artillery strikes have been made early on Thursday morning targeting the Tel Abyad district 10 km inside Syrian territory.

Turkish authorities have written to the UN Security Council on Thursday about the alleged shelling of its territory from Syria.

In a letter addressed to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ankara classifies Syria’s actions as “an act of aggression from Syria against Turkey” and has demanded measures be taken against Damascus to ensure the territorial integrity and security of Turkey. Continue reading

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Lavrov vows to protect Syria from foreign interference

Russia will not support any decisions at the UN Security Council that could justify foreign interference in Syria’s affairs. This was announced by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview for China’s Central Television.

Russia’s Foreign Minister reminded that at an international conference in Geneva in June, permanent members of the Security Council, the European Union and leading countries of the Middle East reached agreement on a resolution of the Syrian conflict, which presupposed putting pressure on all parties to the conflict, urging them to end violence and start negotiations.

Lavrov deemed unfeasible proposals that proceed from the fact that the country’s government will begin the process towards a truce with a unilateral withdrawal of troops from the cities. “This approach is unrealistic, since it is, in point of fact, an appeal to the government for unilateral surrender. Those who call for it, are either naive, or seek to provoke a military intervention,” concluded the Minister.

Source: The Voice Of Russia

Leader denounces UN Security Council’s ‘flagrant dictatorship’

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei at the opening ceremony of the 16th summit of the No-Aligned Movement (NAM) in the Iranian capital, Tehran, August 30, 2012

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the US and its allies abuse the “illogical, unjust and completely undemocratic” structure of the UN Security Council to impose their bullying on the world.

“This is a flagrant form of dictatorship, which is antiquated and obsolete and whose expiry date has passed,” Ayatollah Khamenei said during an inaugural speech to the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran on Thursday.

The Leader added that the US and its accomplices protect the interests of the West in the name of “human rights”, interfere militarily in other countries in the name of “democracy” and target defenseless people in villages and cities with their bombs and weapons in the name of “combating terrorism”. Continue reading

Syrian army destroys telecom system of foreign-sponsored insurgents

Syrian security forces (shown) have cleared most neighborhoods in Damascus of insurgents. (File photo)

The Syrian army has destroyed the Turkey-provided telecommunication system of foreign-sponsored insurgents, amid ongoing clashes between the government troops and armed gangs in the northwestern city of Aleppo, Press TV reports.

The development comes as the Syrian security forces continue their operation in Aleppo to clear the city of insurgents.

On Tuesday, the Syrian army killed tens of insurgents in the southwestern neighborhood of Salahuddin and the southern district of Sokari in the city.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry recently sent two letters addressed to the head of the UN Security Council and the UN secretary general, stating that the insurgents backed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are using civilians in Aleppo as human shields, and killing anyone who does not support their “horrific crimes.” Continue reading

Syrian Ministry Of Foreign Affairs send two letters to UNSC and UN Secretary Gen.

Two letters addressed to the head of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General.

The Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that during the past few days, armed terrorists carried out attacks against civilians, public and private properties in Syria, particularly in Damascus and Aleppo.

The Ministry said that those terrorists –backed openly by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey – committed crimes against civilians in Damascus and Aleppo, and are still doing so in Aleppo, where a large number of those gunmen gathered as their entry into Syria was facilitated by Turkey, and they occupied several crowded neighborhoods and used locals as human shields, killing everyone that doesn’t support them forcing others to leave their homes.

The letters pointed out that what calls attention is that all this took place after the recent visit of UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan in July 8th 2012. Continue reading

Foreign Ministry: Syria Faces Terrorist Attack Led by Groups that Receive Arms and Outside Financial Support

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Friday addressed two identical letters to the Head of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General on the twin terrorist bombings near al-Qazaz intersection in Damascus.

The Capital of the Syrian Arab Republic witnessed two terrorist bombings in the early morning of May 10th, 2012 which claimed the lives of more than 55 Syrian citizens and left more than 370 injured, some of whom suffer severe injuries, in addition to destroying houses, properties and state buildings, the Ministry said in its letters.

The letters stated that Damascus, Aleppo and other Syrian cities witnessed several terrorist bombings over the last weeks which claimed the lives of dozens of innocent people. Continue reading

Russia: UN Text on Syria Doesn’t Suit Us, Vote a “Scandal”

Russia said Saturday that the Western-backed text of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria did not suit Moscow at all and warned of a “scandal” if that draft was brought to a vote, AFP cited the Russian television.

“If they (the West) want yet another scandal on the Security Council for themselves then we cannot stop them” putting the draft to a vote, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. “The draft does not suit us at all and I hope that it is not put to a vote,” he added.

The UN Security Council will meet later Saturday to vote on the resolution condemning the so-called “violence” in Syria.

Lavrov gave the interview to Russian state television at a Moscow airport early Saturday before heading to the Munich Security Conference where he plans to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

He said that the changes Russia wanted to make to the resolution were “well known” and that he had already sent them to Clinton. “There can be no doubt about the sense and the objectivity of these amendments. I hope that a prejudiced approach does not prevail over common sense,” he added.

Source: Al Manar 

Lavrov: Russian Draft Resolution on Syria Aims at Guaranteeing Its Stability, Ceasing Violence, Holding National Dialogue

H. Sabbagh from MOSCOW, (Source: SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday affirmed that the Russian draft resolution on Syria submitted to the UN Security Council aims at guaranteeing its stability, ceasing violence from any source, protecting its citizens, and holding comprehensive national dialogue.

In a statement, Lavrov said that Russia is against the use of the Libyan precedent which bluntly violated relevant Security Council resolutions on settling conflicts, and that Russia is also against the use of the “protecting the civilians” slogans to support one part in a civil war.

Lavrov reiterated Russia’s welcoming of signing the Arab League Observer mission protocol, saying that this protocol will help guarantee the safety of Syrians and stabilize the situation, voicing Moscow’s confidence in the mission’s ability to achieve this.

He pointed out that throughout the 2011 events in the Middle East and North Africa, Russia sought to adopt a course that ends violence, protects human rights and helps all sides of conflicts to resolve issues peacefully through dialogue, affirming his country’s readiness to continue developing partnerships with the region’s countries on the basis of equality and reciprocal interests.

Syria Overcame Crisis, Triumphs in UN through Moscow

The UN Security Council concluded talks on Syria Wednesday failing to reach an agreement on a new resolution for another time, after Russia slammed Europe’s effort to threaten sanctions against Damascus.

The 15-member Council discussed rival draft resolutions on the Syria crisis drawn up by France, Britain, Germany and Portugal on one side and Russia on the other. Russia opposes any hint of sanctions and the latest version of its draft resolution seeks to condemn so-called violence by all sides in Syria. Continue reading