14 feb

english.ruvr.ru – Syrian conflict gets worse every day – FM spokesman

The Syrian conflict is getting worse every day, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters Thursday.
The diplomat once again stressed the importance of a dialogue between the warring parties and voiced his support for peacemaking efforts by the UN envoy for Syria Lakdar Brahimi.

english.ruvr.ru – 45 hostages taken on a bus to Damascus

A group of gunmen has kidnapped 45 people, mostly women and children, who were travelling on a bus from the Idlib province to Damascus, media report.

Christof Lehmann – Syrian P.M. Al-Halaki meets with delegation of Popular Will Party, led by Ala al-Din Arafat

The ministerial committee for the implementation of the political program to solve the crisis in Syria, chaired by Syrian Prime Minister Wael Al-Halaki, met on Wednesday with a delegation of the leadership of the Popular Will Party, led by the Party´s Council Secretary Ala al-Din Arafat. After last weeks meeting with representatives of the Kurdish National Initiative, the meeting with the Popular Will Party on Wednesday was one more successful step toward a Syrian solution, national reconciliation and reform.

Press TV – US must be blamed for dialogue failure in Syria: Nabil Mikhail, interview with Nabil Mikhail, professor at the George Washington University

Press TV: How are you feeling at this point about the prospects for these dialogues and their success?
Mikhail: A little bit disappointed, a little bit pessimistic, I did not give up the hope yet.
I hope some day sooner or later a solution, a settlement will be reached for the Syrian crisis. But after listening to Obama yesterday during his speech, the State of the Union address to the nation, it seems to me that Obama is very minimalist when it comes to Syria.
John Kerry, his secretary of state, promises more activism; a different course; more interest than the attitude of Hillary Clinton.
There is actually very much negligence of Syria so far. Unless the domestic and regional dialogue is backed by outside powers and by Moscow and Washington, I think the dialogue will not really get a swift conclusion or help remedy the crisis.
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