sana-syria.com – One Citizen Martyred, Others Injured as Terrorists Fired Mortar Shells in Damascus
One citizen was martyred and others were injured as mortar shells launched by terrorists on Wednesday fell in al-Abasyin Bus Station in Damascus.
A source at the Police Command told SANA reporter that the terrorist attack resulted in one citizen martyred and 17 others injured as 4 mortar shells fell on the area which is crowded with passengers.
The source added that two mortar shells fell on the surroundings of al-Abasyin Bus Station.
sana-syria.com – Lavrov: Some Countries Hinder Dialogue , Al- Qaeda Cells are Fighting Syrian Forces
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there are countries that are putting obstacles in the way of dialogue among the Syrians, calling on all players in the Middle East and the world to seek a way to implement the Geneva Statement so as to solve the crisis politically.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu which took place in Istanbul on Wednesday, Lavrov voiced commitment to the Geneva Statement, affirming that if all players adopted the principles of the Statement, then it will be possible to overcome all obstacles placed by some countries which keep calling for war and toppling the state.
He pointed out that changing the regime in Syria as a precondition for dialogue is unrealistic, and that Russia doesn’t play the game of changing regimes or authorities in countries.
”If our goal is to stop and end the crisis, we must force all those who fight there to sit at the dialogue table, but when some sides aim at changing the region or having the president step down, this will be at the expense of more victims among the Syrian people,” Lavrov said.
He also stressed the necessity to stop arming the Syrian opposition, saying that arming the opposition contradicts the Russian position and that the armed opposition must stop violence and start political dialogue to resolve the crisis.
Draft resolution on Syria dismissed as biased – According to reports leaked to British and Australian newspapers — British MI-6 operatives are not only operating on Syrian soil — but bringing back dirt samples that they say prove chemical weapons were used.
The spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took a pass when asked on Tuesday what British spies are doing in Syria.
english.ruvr.ru –Will Brahimi challenge the Arab League? – uk.reuters.com – Brahimi eyes new U.N. envoy role in Syria, dropping Arab League – envoys
Rumors that Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations and League of Arab States’ special representative for Syria, may resign are strongly exaggerated. According to UN diplomatic sources, he intendsto distance himself from the LAS, while retaining his post as a UN emissary. Brahimi has every reason to be disappointed with the Arab League’s tough stance on Syria.
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