ARAR SAYS TORTURE REPORT WILL HELP HIM HEAL
Maher Arar is welcoming an independent fact-finder's conclusion that he was indeed tortured in a Syrian prison, a report that has Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew demanding action from Syria.
Is it just me or do most of these Middle East countries have so many internal problems that they like to bark outside there sphere in order to agree on something? No, I am not trying to bad, but if you read some of the reports about the struggle there you will begin to see that not everything is salome.
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SYRIAN LAWMAKERS LAMBASTE EX-VP
A day after Syria's former vice president made a series of damning remarks about President Bashar al-Assad, the country's lawmakers stood behind their leader and said that Abdul Halim Khaddam should be tried for treason for his comments.
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|Tuesday, September 5, 2006|
Syrian Information Minister in London: Full Israeli withdrawal & return of refugees, no int'l troops on Syria-Lebanon border
Syrian Information Minister Holds Press Conference in London
Monday, September 04, 2006 - 09:30 PM
London, (SANA - Syrian News Agency)-Syrian Minister of Information Muhsen Bilal said the US Administration intends to insult the Arabs and Muslims under the pretext of Sep.11 attacks through launching names as "terrorism" and lately launching description of "fascism" on Muslims.
"The core of the problem is the Israeli occupation. there will be no peace except by the Israeli full withdrawal from the occupied Arab lands into the line of June 4th , 1967," Minister Bilal added in a press conference Monday held at the British Organization Center in London in the presence of journalists from Arab and foreign mass media.
"Israel Should announce readiness to offer the Palestinians an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital with the returning of all refugees back home as well as implementing UN Security Council resolutions 242, 338, 425," The Minister went on.
He called on the US and Europe to provide support to achieve the comprehensive peace in the region, welcoming any European or UK efforts in this domain.
Information Minister described the visit of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to Damascus as successful and fruitful, adding "the visit has reflected Syria's interest and commitment to resolution 1701 regarding cease-fire in Lebanon though Syria had considered the resolution as unbalanced, but Syria announced readiness to dealing positively with the items of the resolution."
Regarding a question on the possibility of a Syrian mediation to release the two Israeli captured soldiers, Minister Bilal said "Syria can't be a mediator between an Arab side and an occupier.. There were European countries which played the role of mediator in the past and the prisoners
were exchanged. it's possible for those countries to assume this mission now."
On specifying a timetable for border demarcation and establishing diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon, Minister Bilal replied that "Syria has sent an official letter to the brothers in Lebanon regarding demarcation and diplomatic ties. but poisoning atmospheres and the Israeli brutal aggression on Lebanon prevented us from going on in this regard".
Concerning the Syrian stance vis-a-vis deployment of international troops along Syrian- Lebanese borders, the Syrian Minister said "we and Lebanon are one family and one people in two independent sovereign countries.. We can't accept international forces to be deployed along our borders because their mission is disengagement with Israel which has a bloody history in the
aggression on Lebanon."
"Israel is an aggressive side that occupies our lands, kills our children and perpetrates massacres against Arab people. we will remain considering Israel as an aggressor until we restore all occupied lands and all Arab rights," Information Minister went on.
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Syria fires governor after seven protesters killed:
Syria sought Tuesday to contain the first serious intrusion of the Arab world's political unrest by firing the governor of a southern province where a government crackdown killed seven protesters over the weekend. Ref. Source 7
Syria security forces kill 12 in attack on Daraa mosque, witnesses say:
Syrian forces killed 12 people on Wednesday in an attack on a mosque in the southern city of Daraa, site of unprecedented protests challenging President Bashar Assad's Baathist rule, residents said. Ref. Source 6
Syria to study ending emergency
Syria will look to implement changes after protests in the south, including studying lifting its state of emergency, the government says. Ref. BBC