16 april

Press TV – Assad issues new general amnesty

”President Assad has issued decree number 23, granting a general amnesty for crimes committed” prior to Tuesday, the Syrian state news agency, SANA, reported on Tuesday.
The agency added that under the decree, the death penalty of the criminals will be commuted to a life sentence.
According to the President’s decree, Syrians “who joined a terrorist organization will only have to serve a quarter of their sentences.”

Press TV – Syria slams France, UK for supporting al-Qaeda – guardian.co.uk – Syrian minister says UK and France are ‘directly or indirectly’ backing al-Qaida

The Syrian government has criticized Britain and France for supporting al-Qaeda terrorists in their fight against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
”Britain and France were complacent about supporting al-Qaeda directly or indirectly,” Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad said in an interview on Monday.
Miqdad described the UK and France as “new colonialists” for giving political and military support to the armed groups in Syria.
The Syrian official also criticized Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar for acting to ensure Western interests.

english.ruvr.ru – Syria’s political opposition arrived in Moscow to discuss peace settlement

Representatives of Syria’s political opposition arrived in Moscow to discuss the situation in their country, which has been torn apart by an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad that began in March 2011. The delegation includes Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil, leader of the People’s Will party, and National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar, leader of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party.
Haidar said previously in an interview with Voice of Russia radio that the delegation has brought concrete proposals to Moscow for the resolution of the Syria crisis.

english.ruvr.ru – The General Secretary of the Arab League resigned

Lebanese TV channel ”Al-Mayadin” reported on the resignation of Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi
According to some reports, the General Secretary’s decision, who heads the Arab League from July 1 2011, related to a deadlock in efforts to resolve the conflict in Syria, which lasted for more than two years.
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