21 jan

voiceofrussia.com – Assad’s future a ‘red line’ for peace talks – Syrian FM

The future role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a ”red line” for the government delegation in peace talks, the foreign minister said Tuesday on the eve of their opening.
”The issues of the president and the regime are red lines for us and for the Syrian people,” the official SANA news agency quoted Walid Muallem as saying shortly before his delegation arrived in the Swiss city of Montreux for the talks.
”Nobody can touch the presidency.”

nsnbc.me – SCANDAL: Plane of Syrian Geneva II Delegation prevented from refueling in Athens

The unprecedented capture of an official Syrian plane with a government delegation on board, en route to an internationally announced conference, with the plane having all necessary clearances, in a NATO member state, while core NATO members’ governments “admittedly” have planned the war on Syria since 2007, some since 2009, adds an additional scandal to the Geneva II conference before it even begins.

Last week, the joint United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, caused an international éclat, when Brahimi tasked an “assistant” to “inform” the largest Syrian opposition group, the National Coordination Committee (NCC), that the NCC was not invited to the table at the Geneva II conference, because “it had been decided” that “the opposition” would be represented by the NCROF.
In clear text, this means that the United Nations has chosen to exclude Syria’s largest domestic opposition group…

infowars.com – Cynical New PR Stunt Greases Skids For “Humanitarian” Invasion of Syria

Following an influential think tank’s call for a humanitarian “realpolitik” stunt to be pulled to weaken President Assad’s position, a report has miraculously emerged just 24 hours before the start of the ‘Geneva II’ conference which alleges systematic torture and abuse by Assad’s regime.

According to the BBC, the report was “commissioned by Qatar,” which has been an enthusiastic backer of the opposition rebels since day one. It alleges that 55,000 digital images of 11,000 detainees show evidence of torture, starvation and execution. The images were reportedly smuggled out of Syria by a defector named Caesar.

Finian Cunningham – Geneva II: Iran nixed proves US fixed. Regime Change Agenda Revitalized

There is a good reason why Iran has been blocked from attending the Geneva II conference on Syria – because the meeting is not about finding a peaceful settlement. Rather, it is merely an American mechanism for engineering regime change in Syria.

Press TV – US not serious about peace in Syria by pressure to disinvite Iran: Porter

Investigative journalist Gareth Porter says Washington’s pressure on the UN to withdraw Iran’s invitation to a conference on the Syria unrest shows “the lack of seriousness” about peace by the United States.

“Geneva II is in the US’ Interest”: US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford

The US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford has ordered the foreign-backed opposition figures to take part in the international peace conference, noting that there are many changes in the Saudi policy regarding the Syrian crisis.

Gap widening among participants ahead of talks on Syria

proletaren.se – I rebellernas värld

När kriget mot Irak inleddes 2003 blev ”inbäddade journalister” ett utbrett och ofta kritiserat fenomen. För hur kritisk och granskande är den journalist som reser tillsammans med och skyddas av de invaderande trupperna?
Ett liknande fenomen har uppstått vad gäller bevakningen av Syrienkonflikten. Fast då handlar det om västjournalister som reser i rebellkontrollerat land.
Ett typexempel på detta är det reportage som de tidigare kidnappade Magnus Falkehed och Niclas Hammarström publicerade i Dagens Nyheter och Aftonbladet 19 januari.

Detta är ett grundläggande problem med rapporteringen från Syrien. Istället för att granska makten – och här talar vi om världsmakternas inblandning och intressen i konflikten – förmedlar journalisterna exakt den bild som makten vill ska förmedlas.

Press TV – Geneva II talks on Syria not aimed at regime change: Russia

Russia has dismissed claims that the forthcoming Geneva II conference must result in a regime change in Syria, marking a widening gap among participants of the conference.
”It’s a false interpretation of the agreements reached in Geneva in June 2012,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday, in reference to an earlier round of international Syria talks.

voiceofrussia.com – Syrian delegation plane to Geneva-2 blocked in Athens – source

A plane with a Syrian delegation on board heading to the international Geneva-2 peace conference in Switzerland made a stop in Athens where the plane was denied refueling, Reuters reports citing Syrian television on Tuesday.
”The plane carrying the official Syrian delegation has been blocked for three hours at Athens airport because the Greek authorities refuse to provide it with fuel,” the source said.

Bashar al-Assad Interview: The Fight against Terrorists in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Agence France Presse

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