Press TV – Russia raps Syria’s opposition for ‘obsession’ with toppling Assad
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has taken a swipe at the Syrian opposition for its insistence on the removal of the country’s President Bashar al-Assad from power.
The top Russian diplomat cited the opposition’s “obsession” with the push for to oust Assad as a blow to the peace efforts by the former UN peace envoy for Syria Kofi Annan and his successor Lakhdar Brahimi.
”For now, everything is running up against the opposition’s obsession with toppling Bashar Assad’s regime,” Lavrov told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday.
”As long as this irreconcilable position remains in place, nothing good can happen. Armed actions will continue and people will die,” he added.
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english.al-akhbar.com – HRW: Syria rebels attacking Shia and Christian religious sites
New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch warned that rebel groups appeared to have destroyed or allowed the looting of minority religious sites in northern Syria.
In the western Latakia province, Human Rights Watch quoted residents as saying gunmen working ”in the name of the opposition” had broken into and stolen from Christian churches in two villages.
Meanwhile, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in a statement on Wednesday the livelihoods of about half of the country’s population were threatened as a result of the Syrian crisis.
The UN says that about 80 percent of 10 million Syrians — about 46 percent of the population — derive their livelihoods from agriculture.
”Twenty-two months of conflict has left Syria’s agricultural sector in tatters with cereal, fruit and vegetable production dropping for some by half and massive destruction of irrigation and other infrastructure,” the statement said.
Press TV – UN must condemn terrorist attacks in Syria: Syrian Foreign Ministry
In two separate letters to the rotating presidency of the Security Council and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry called on the world bodies to condemn the terrorist operations in Syria.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry said that terrorists flow into Syria mainly from some neighboring countries, particularly Turkey, and added that the Turkish government provides the terrorists with weapons, which they use to attack the Syrian people and commit terrorist acts inside Syria.