Chinese Foreign Minister warns of a military action in Syria
August 29, 2013 – BEIJING – Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, on Thursday warned of any military action against Syria.
The Chinese News Agency Xinhua quoted Wang as saying “any foreign military intervention will contradict the UN Charter, as it may spread chaos in the Middle East,” adding that the political solution is always considered as the only realistic means for the crisis in Syria.
He called upon all sides to show restraint and calm in dealing with the Syrian crisis, adding “no one should meddle in Syria or pre-empt the investigation results on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.”
The Chinese Minister said that his country is watching the situation in Syria closely, pointing out that the Chinese side strongly rejects the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and supports making a UN objective, independent and honest investigation.
Latin American countries reject any military intervention in Syria
Bolivian President, Evo Morales, rejected and condemned any foreign military intervention in Syria.
Morales accused the armed terrorist groups of using chemical weapons in Damascus Countryside with the aim of bringing the international intervention in the crisis in Syria.
For his part, Brazilian Foreign Minister, Alberto Figueiredo, expressed his country’s rejection of a military intervention in Syria.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Figueiredo said that the Brazilian government has always been against any military intervention, which is not based on a UN resolution as it is considered a violation of the international law and UN Charter.
He called for waiting for the results of the UN investigations on the allegations on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Venezuela’s President: Military action against Syria will have dire consequences
Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, said that a US-western military strike against Syria will have dangerous repercussions, calling the international powers to support Syria and face the plots aiming at targeting it.
During a visit to a Russian military vessel “Moscow” on Tuesday, Maduro stressed that any aggression on Syria will be the start of a large scale international face off and a devastating war, adding that “We are defending peace in Syria to prevent a terrorist war against it.”
Maduro said that the USA and its allies have armed the terrorists with cutting edge weapons and brought mercenaries from all the world’s corners as to destroy the country.
For his part, Venezuelan Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Rafael Ramirez, said that any military aggression on Syria will be a “disaster” and will affect the world oil prices.
Cuba rejects the US and Western threats regarding aggression on Syria
Cuba announced its utter rejection of the US-Western aggression about waging a military aggression against Syria, calling on international community to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.
In a official statement, Cuban Foreign Ministry said that any aggression on Syria will lead to dangerous repercussions on the Middle East, adding that the aggression will be a flagrant violation of the UN principles and charter.
It considered that the statements of the US and a number of its allies in NATO are so worrying, affirming that the countries which ask for military act in Syria ignored the efforts exerted by other countries to achieve a political solution for this conflict.
The Cuban Ministry expressed astonishment of the threats which come after the approval of the Syrian government to receive the UN delegation for investigation regarding the alleged use of the chemical weapons in Syria.
Ecuador voices utter rejection of possible military action against Syria
Ecuador voiced utter rejection of a possible military action by the US and its allies against Syria.
The Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that any military action would be a direct intervention and violation of the sovereignty of states, affirming deep commitment to international law and a political solution to the crisis in Syria through dialogue.
Ecuador expressed rejection to manipulating information on the use of chemical weapons for justifying military action, calling for offering facilitations to the UN investigation team to punish the perpetrators of the possible chemical attack.
Syria has emphasized interest in cooperating with the UN team investigating chemical weapons use allegations and granted them all facilitations required, while the armed groups hindered their access to al-Muaddamiyah by shooting their convoy and prevented the investigators from accessing another site in eastern Ghouta on Tuesday.
Russia and Iran stress necessity of reaching compromise in Syria through political and diplomatic means
Moscow/Tehran – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hasan Rohani stressed the necessity of reaching a compromise in Syria through exclusively political and diplomatic means.
Kremlin Media Office said in a statement that the two presidents considered the use of chemical weapons as “rejected in principle” whoever was the side that did it.
As for calls for military intervention in Syria, the two sides stressed the necessity of looking for a solution in political and diplomatic ways only.
President Putin also exchanged viewpoints in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel regarding the various facets of the crisis in Syria, with the two sides affirming the need for the Security Council to study the report issued by UN committee tasked with investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
A statement from the Kremlin said that Putin and Merkel agreed to move forward with efforts at the UN and other venues to reach a diplomatic and political resolution for the crisis in Syria.
Lavrov stresses necessity of waiting for UN investigation’s report on chemical weapons use in Syria
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, stressed in a phone call with his British counterpart, William Hague, the necessity of waiting for the report of the UN investigation mission on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Russian Foreign Ministry said that Minister Hague briefed Lavrov on the British proposal to the UN Security Council on reports of chemical weapons use in Syria.
Russia will spare no effort to prevent a military action against Syria, Russia’s deputy FM says
Russia will spare no effort to prevent a military solution in Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said, noting that there are many Russian citizens living in Syria and that the Russian government is concerned about their fate, a sentiment that as relayed to Russia’s partners.
”All needed measures have to be taken at this stage to prevent any potential developments or any military action against Syria, ” Gatilov said in an interview to Russia 24 TV channel Thursday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said the intention of the UN experts-investigating chemical weapons being allegedly used in Syria- to return to the Hague should not preclude the completion of investigations in the areas agreed on by the Syrian government and the UN.
The UN experts should have conducted further investigations at three other sites , including Khan al-Assal area near Aleppo, a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The statement said that the latest terrorist bombings in Iraq are connected to outside parties, including the armed terrorist groups in Syria.
”It is clear that the latest terrorist bombings in Iraq are connected to outside support, especially by the armed terrorist groups operating in Syria, which is another proof that the crisis in Syria has taken on trans-boundary overtones.”
”Further instability in the country will only lead to a deteriorating situation, not only in neighboring countries, but also in the whole region,” the statement added.
Alexander Lukashevich, the Russian foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement on Thursday that ”it is important that the intention of the UN experts to return to the Hague should not prevent the completion of the investigation at the sites agreed upon by the UN and the Syrian government.”
He stressed the importance that the report of the Russian experts, who probed a chemical weapons use in Khan al-Assal area in Aleppo, be taken into account in the UN experts’ final report.
Earlier, Gatilov stressed that the plans expressed by some Western leaders on launching a military strike against Syria constitutes an overt defiance of the basic provisions of the UN Charter.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday that Gatilov discussed during his meeting with the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in The Hague the political and military situation in Syria.
“The political and diplomatic means should be utilized in such a stage, in addition to allowing the UN experts to carry out investigations into the use of chemical weapons in Syria and presenting a report on that to the Security Council,” he added.
For his part, Ban Ki-moon expressed his support to that opinion, stressing that there is no other solution to the crisis in Syria but the political one, as he also affirmed the importance of continuing the UN investigations in the country.
Similarly, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the intention of the UN experts investigating chemical weapons in Syria to return to the Hague mustn’t prevent concluding investigations in the areas agreed upon by the UN and the Syrian government, and that the experts should have investigated three other areas other than Damascus suburbs including Khan al-Assal before reporting to the Security Council.
The statement said that if these goals will require more time, then it’s possible to extend the team’s mission as per the aforementioned agreement, noting that Syria voiced readiness for this possibility.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich also stressed that the UN experts’ return to the Hague mustn’t prevent finishing investigations as agreed upon by Syria and the UN.
Lukashevich called upon the Security Council to look at the issue of chemical weapons use from a broad angle and consider the report by Russian experts who investigated the incident in Khan al-Assal.
Chizhov: Security Council cannot respond to possible chemical weapons use in Syria without convincing evidence
Permanent representative of Russia to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, said that the Security Council members cannot respond to possible chemical weapons use in Syria without convincing evidence, noting that while Western leaders spoke of having hard evidence, they didn’t show any such evidence at the Security Council.
Chizhov pointed out that the only evidence shown at the Security Council was provided by Russian experts which indicate that chemical weapons were used in Aleppo in March and implicate the armed opposition in this attack.
He stressed that international law doesn’t permit the use of force except when there’s a Security Council resolution or in self-defense as per article 51 of the UN charter, and there are no basis to apply article 51 to the situation in Syria.
Chizhov said that any conclusions would be premature until UN experts submit their reports, voicing concern that recent attempts to blame the Syrian leadership for chemical attacks will undermine efforts to hold an international conference on Syria in Geneva.
Matviyenko: Western military aggression on Syria will be worst mistake
Chairwoman of Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, said that any military aggression on Syria will be the worst mistake by the West and will blow up the situation in the whole region.
In an interview with Russian Itar Tass, Matyiyenko said that the repercussions of striking Syria will be catastrophic and will blow up the situation in the region, caling for finding a political solution to the crisis.
Russian Security Council rejects accusing Syrian government of using chemical weapons
Russian Security Council expressed rejection of accusing the Syrian government of using chemical weapons.
An informed source at the Russian Security Council told Itar Tass news agency that the continuation of the accusations against the Syrian government that it has used chemical weapons without waiting for the results of the investigation mission is unacceptable.
The source added that the outcome of the U.S.-led war in Iraq was complete destruction of the Iraqi state and the killing of hundreds of thousands of people.
The US and Western states have heightened rhetoric lately regarding unsubstantiated allegations of chemical weapons use in Damascus countryside, even threatening to take a military action against Syria. Syria has voiced readiness to offer all facilitations to the UN investigators to unravel the truth about the issue.
Zyuganov: Fabricated accusations of chemical weapons use in Syria mere pretext for waging aggression on it
First Secretary of the Communist Party of Russia, Gennady Zyuganov, said that the US and its allies are completely disregarding facts indicating that the chemical weapons issue aims at creating a pretext for attacking Syria after all attempts to topple the Syrian state using terrorists have failed.
In a statement on behalf of the Communist Party of Russia, Zyuganov described those who believe the chemical weapons pretext as gullible and ignorant, since it’s illogical for the Syrian government to use such weapons against its people and in its own capital and areas where its army units are presence, and at the same time when the UN experts arrived in Damascus.
Zyuganov said that Washington, without waiting the results of the UN investigation, announced immediately its readiness to begin a military operation against Syria, with other NATO capitals – primarily Paris, London and Ankara – rushing to announce readiness to participate in intervention without Security Council authorization.
Iran’s FM: world cannot bear another war in the region
Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, stressed that the crisis in Syria has no military solution and everyone has to seek a political solution to restore stability.
During telephone conversations he conducted with Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Italian Swiss, Spanish, Greek, French, Algerian and Azeri foreign ministers, Zarif said that the world cannot bear another war and resorting to force in the 21st century is rejected.
Iran’s deputy FM says repercussions of any possible military action against Syria will reach whole region
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that any possible military action against Syria by the US and its allies will be a failure and its repercussions will reach the whole region.
During his meeting Thursday with Syria’s ambassador to Tehran, Dr. Adnan Mahmoud, Abdollahian referred to incontestable evidence incriminating the armed terrorist groups for the use of chemical weapons in Syria, adding that the fabricated accusations against the Syrian government are an exposed pretext for a US military intervention.
Abdollahian stressed that the enemies of the axis of resistance will be defeated in their war against Syria. For his part, ambassador Mahmoud said that the steadfastness of the Syrian people and armed forces during two years of an unprecedented war is enough to foil any US-Western aggression.
The will of the Syrian people and its national sense is stronger than ever, the ambassador added, affirming that the Syrian people have unshakable confidence in victory over the colonialist project and its terrorist and takfiri tools.
In a different context, Abdollahian said that a military action against Syria would be a strategic mistake whose consequences will not remain limited.
Abdollahian said in a statement on Thursday that he discussed with the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffry Feltman the developments in the region during the latter’s recent visit to Tehran.
Abdollahian dismissed news that Feltman has disclosed to the Iranian officials intentions of a possible military action against Syria, indicating that the two sides discussed political means to solve the crisis, with Iran stressing support to UN political Iinitiatives and the international conference on Syria.
Major Gen. Firouzabadi: Any aggression on Syria will harm Zionist entity and hostile countries
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi stressed that any military aggression on Syria will harms the hostile countries, particularly the Zionist entity.
In a statement, Firouzabadi warned against the strategic mistakes of the American politicians in waging wars and shedding the blood of the Islamic people, asserting that any new operations in the region will cause huge losses.
Commander-in-chief of Iranian Revolutionary Guard: Syria will be the cemetery of the invaders
Commander-in-chief of Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari warned against the repercussions of launching a military aggression on Syria under the leadership of the US, adding that the Zionists Know that igniting a war in the region by Washington will lead to elimination of Israel .
In a statement to International Tasnim News Agency, Jafari said that the US and its allies in the region are trying during the last few years to direct a strike to the resistance axis in the region through mobilizing full support to the armed terrorist groups .
He asserted that the US will be defeated in Syria as they were defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan, pointing out that Syria will be the cemetery of the invaders .
He stressed that the US pretexts and accusations on Syria’s use of chemical weapons are fabricated He warned the governments of the countries of the region and the Arab countries which support launching a military aggression on Syria that the war will not be limited on Syria but it will reach all these countries.
Rafsanjani urges world leaders to solve problems through talks
Hashemi Rafsanjani, chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council of Iran expressed concern over the future of the Syrian people, indicating to the absence of any political or humanitarian justification for using the chemical weapons use issue to punish the Syrian people.
”We expect the sensible people and the world leaders and heads of states to solve problems through talks, not trough war and violence,” Rafsanjani told FARS new agency on Thursday.
(SANA official source)