13 mars

Det förekommer rapporter om hårda strider i utkanterna av Damaskus med en del framgångar för ”rebellerna” – EA World View – men detta följs inte upp med någon media-offensiv i västmedierna. Vid tidigare anfall har medierna snarast gått i förväg och överdrivit och snackat om ”slutstriden om Damaskus” t.ex. Kan vara så att detta tyder på att USA, vilket de andra västländerna då får rätta sig efter, är inställda på en förhandlingslösning, och att offensiven främst är ägnad att skaffa sig en så fördelaktig förhandlingsposition som möjligt. Detta stöds också av vad den engelske journalisten Robert Fisk säger i en intervju, att han fått uppgifter från en vanligtvis välunderrättad källa om att Obama ska ha talat om för Cameron vid ett möte att han inte blev omvald för att gå in med direkt stöd i Syrien och att han inte ville höra mer om sådant.

Press TV – Russia warns UK on arming Syria militants

Following talks in London with British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, Larvov made clear that Moscow would oppose any attempts to arm insurgents in Syria as they would contravene international laws.
“As for the possibility of arming the opposition, as far as i understand, it is not allowed by international law, that’s why arming of the opposition directly or indirectly will be the violation of the international law,” Lavrov told journalists at a press conference at Lancaster House.

Saying that there should be no preconditions for dialogue in Syria, Lavrov said, “The Geneva Communiqué doesn’t have any preconditions, such as the removal President Assad from power, and those who say this is necessary in order to start a political process put this geopolitical goal first, before the goal of stopping the violence.”
This comes as The Daily Star reported on Sunday quoting from an informed source at Whitehall that Britain has dispatched a secret £20 million arsenal of weapons including assault rifles, light machine guns, grenades, anti-tank missiles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and ­ammunition to militants fighting inside Syria.

english.ruvr.ru – Moscow expects Syrian opposition to form negotiating team

”Both the government and the opposition should set up their negotiating teams. The government has done that and now we are waiting for the opposition to do the same,” he said at a Wednesday press conference in London.
”We expect that those who are working with the opposition like us will be urging for it to form such a team of negotiators as soon as possible,” Lavrov said.

almanar.com.lb – Kerry Urges Syria Opposition to Unite, Talk to Assad

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that his country wants halt to violence in Syria, urging the dispersed opposition to unite.
“We want to stop the killing. And they want to stop the killing. The world wants to stop the killing.” Kerry said in a joint press conference with his Norwegian counterpart Espen Barth Eide in Washington.
The US Secretary said that Geneva agreement, signed by international and regional powers months ago, requires both the regime and the opposition in Syria to meet.
“We want to be able to see Assad and the Syrian opposition come to the table for the creation of a transitional government according to the framework that was created in Geneva, the Geneva Protocol, which requires mutual consent on both sides to the formation of that transitional government,” Kerry added.
He also said that the transitional government in Syria requires the opposition to “come to table, too.”
“That’s what we’re pushing for. And to do that, you have to have President Assad change his calculation so he doesn’t believe he can shoot it out endlessly, but you also need a cooperative Syrian opposition to come to the table, too. We’re working on it, and we will continue to work on it.”

Christof Lehmann – US – Russian Relations deteriorating as Kuwaiti Whistle Blower Discloses Secret Syria War-Plan

Russian attempts last week, to defuse the situation by taking part in a dialog with the “Friends of Syria” seem not to having been successful. A recent statements by a member of the general secretariat of Kuwait’s National Party Faisal al-Hamad, that secret agreements had been made at the sidelines of the Friends of Syria conference in Qatar last week, may in fact further aggravate the situation even though the geo-politic strategy behind the purported “secret agreement” has been known since 1990s.
Faisal al-Hamad has, according to the German, independent media Die Evidenz, stated, that a separate and secret agreement had been signed at the sidelines of the Friends of Syria meeting in Doha. In several blog posts and social media, so Die Evidenz, al-Hamad has stated, that a separeate agreement had been signed between the Foreign Mister of Qatar, Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani, the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmad Dauvutoglu, Abdulla bin Zayid Al Nahyan, the american Ambassador Robert Ford, the opposition member Riyad Saif, and the representative of the council of Istanbul’s Muslim Brotherhood organization Mohammed Riad Shaqfeh.
The agreement, so al-Hamad, contains several points, such as a division of Syria into several smaller states with so-called moderate Islamist governments, the permanent annexation of the disputed Hatay region by Turkey, a reduction of the Syrian military forces to maximum 50,000 troops and other, which coincide with recent analysis by Dr. Perencik and Major Agha H. Amin

Från facebook, en intervju med Anhar Kochneva, journalisten från Ukraina som kidnappades av ”rebeller” för flera månader sen men som nu är fri.

Ukrainian citizen Anhar Kochneva, who was held hostage by Syrian rebels, is planning to visit Russia, where her child lives, and then return to Damascus.
Anhar disclosed the details of how she was abducted, held hostage, and escaped In an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda v Ukraine newspaper.
She said that near the city of Homs armed men stopped a taxi in which she was travelling, to allegedly check documents.
”They pointed guns at us. The driver and another passenger were stuffed into the trunk, and I, thank God, was not. And they brought us somewhere, and there were some bandits,” the Ukrainian said.
When asked to comment on the video in which Kochneva says that she works for Russian security services, she said: ”I was forced to say that I arrived in Syria on the instructions of the Russian intelligence service and that I’m a chief interpreter of the Defense Ministry here. They made threats.”
The Ukrainian also said that she was held hostage in Homs near the Lebanese border.
”Houses, villas. The first 40 days were fine, and then, as they say, ‘the guards got tired.’ I was guarded by a person with four years of education, including two years actually spent in a kindergarten. If he was unwell, he threw iron basins at me and constantly insulted me,” Kochneva said.
According to the Ukrainian, two-and-a-half days after Kochneva was abducted she was taken by the chief of the opposition general staff, who supposedly was planning to save her.
”He told me that he protected me, that checkpoints were everywhere, that he wanted to save me. And, in fact, he lied to me. He lied to me on February 19 that he wanted to let me go, but I heard what he said to another man, that they could get a few million [dollars] for me and buy weapons,” Kochneva said.
She added that she lived in a room with broken glass, so now she has problems with her kidneys and respiratory system.
Speaking about how she escaped, Kochneva said that she was preparing for this for several days.
”I was preparing for a few days. I thought for a few days that someone could help me. But the man who was supposed to help me apparently didn’t find my house, we didn’t meet, and I did everything on my own. That is, I just left the house and walked past their checkpoint that was three meters from my front door,” she said.
She added that she walked about 15 kilometers in one hour and forty minutes and went to the village whose residents helped her escape.
Speaking about her future plans, Kochneva said that she plans to visit Moscow and then return to Syria.
”Then I will probably come to Moscow. I should consult with doctors, and I have a child there. And then I will return to Damascus,” she said.
As reported, Kochneva was abducted in Syria by rebels from the Free Syrian Army in October 2012. The journalist’s abductors threatened to kill her if they were not paid a $50-million ransom. In January, the rebels told the journalist’s relatives they had agreed to reduce the ransom to $300,000.
On March 11, Kochneva’s relative said that she had escaped from captivity on Monday and that she was in Damascus.

Ex-hostage: ‘Local helped me escape from Syrian rebels’ (RT EXCLUSIVE)

Russia Today – ‘If you were a man, we’d kill you’: Captive journalist tells RT how she escaped Syrian rebels

En del av intervjun med Syriens president i början av mars översatt till svenska – larouche.se – Al-Assad om britterna: Vi förväntar oss inte att en mordbrännare kommer att bli en brandman

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