Press TV – Syria committed to Iran’s presences in Geneva 2: FM
Damascus says it is committed to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s participation in the Geneva 2 conference on the situation in Syria next month.
”Syria is committed to Iran joining the peace conference,” said Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem on Sunday.
”It is illogical that the United States or the so-called opposition exclude this country from the conference for political reasons,” the foreign minister said.
At a press conference held after a meeting with US and Russian officials in the Swiss city of Geneva on December 20, UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said that there was no agreement on participation of Iran yet.
”It’s no secret that we in the United Nations welcome the participation of Iran,” Brahimi said, adding that the US opposed the idea.
voiceofrussia.com – Danish, Norwegian ships off Cyprus making preparations to remove Syria’s chemical weapons
A flotilla consisting of two dry -cargo ships and two frigates, offered by Denmark and Norway, off Cyprus, is making preparations for the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons. The frigates, “ Esbern Snare” and “ Helge Ingstad”, will accompany the two frigates, which will have to take the containers with more than 1,000 tons of dangerous chemical substances from Latakia a representative of the Danish- Norwegian operation Ainstein Malkenes Kwarving told newsmen.
nsnbc.me – OPCW-UN Underline Progress With Syria’s Chemical Weapons As Intelligence Leaks To Al Qaeda
The Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations (UN), which is tasked with the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities, expressed that significant progress has been made in its work. Meanwhile, there remain security concerns about the safe transportation of the chemical weapons to the Syrian port of Lattakia. A recent, large scale attack by Saudi Arabia sponsored Liwa-al-Islam and Jabhat al-Nusrah mercenaries suggests that certain countries which are supporting the terrorist organizations, are leaking high-level intelligence about planned transports to the terrorists.
Analysts have previously warned of a possible scenario where large scale attacks on chemical weapons transports by Saudi and Western backed mercenaries, or a chemical weapons transport that is falling into the hands of “Al-Qaeda”, could be used as a pretext for renewed calls for a foreign military intervention in Syria.
Press TV – New video shows atrocities committed by Syria militants
A new video has emerged on the Internet, showing atrocities committed by foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government.
The shocking footage showed militants who had cut off the head of a government soldier killed in the northern city of Aleppo.
Russia’s Stance on the Syrian Crisis
Today, delegations from 26 countries have agreed to participate in the Geneva-2. They are to put an end to the conflict in Syria and stop the bloodshed on the basis of the Geneva Communiqué of June 30, 2012. This goal is difficult to achieve: numerous radical groups, for whom the peace process isn’t profitable at all, are operating in the country.
Nevertheless, all the participants of the “Syrian story” understand: the peak of the conflict is in the past, they have once again managed to prevent a full-scale war in the Middle East. Of course, diplomatic battles are still going on; how can we do without them. But Damascus is already thinking about its peaceful future. On December 25, Syria signed a 25-year agreement on oil and gas exploration in its territorial waters with the Russian Soyuzneftegaz company.
Patrick Cockburn – Sunni monarchs back YouTube hate preachers: Anti-Shia propaganda threatens a sectarian civil war which will engulf the entire Muslim world
There is now a fast-expanding pool of jihadis willing to fight and die anywhere. The Saudis and the Gulf monarchies may find, as happened in Afghanistan 30 years ago, that, by funding or tolerating the dissemination of Sunni-Shia hate, they have created a sectarian Frankenstein’s monster of religious fanatics beyond their control.