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Syria Will Hold Presidential Elections on June 3

Members of the Syrian parliament attend a session to set a date for voting for the presidential election,in Damascus April 21, 2014,

Members of the Syrian parliament attend a session to set a date for voting for the presidential election,in Damascus April 21, 2014,

People’s Assembly of Syria has called on candidates to register for the country’s upcoming presidential elections.

According to the speaker of the assembly, Mohammad Jihad Lahham, the presidential vote for Syrians inside the country will be held on June 3, the official SANA news agency reported on Monday.

Voting for Syrians living outside the Arab country will take place on May 28, he added, noting that candidates seeking to run for president could register their candidacy from April 22 to May 1.

Damascus has insisted that it will hold the elections despite the foreign-backed militancy that has plagued the country for more than three years.

Based on Syrian law, the vote must take place between 60 and 90 days before President Bashar al-Assad’s seven-year term comes to an end on July 17.

Earlier this month, the assembly approved a law which says any candidate running for president must have lived in Syria for the past 10 years and cannot have any other citizenship.

President Assad is expected to run for a third term in office.

Syria has been experiencing unrelenting militancy since March 2011. The Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are said to be supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

Reports say that more than 150,000 people have so far been killed and millions of others displaced because of the ongoing violence.

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‘The US disables diplomacy to escalate Syrian civil war, degrade Assad regime’

The closed Syrian embassy is pictured in Washington on March 18, 2014.

The US could quickly find a path to peace in Syria, but instead it’s prolonging a bloody civil war that is devastating the Syrian people in order to overthrow Assad’s regime, Eugene Puryear, foreign affairs analyst from the ANSWER coalition told RT.

Washington closed the Syrian embassy and two of its consulates on Tuesday, and has told all Syrian diplomats that they must leave the country. Last week Damascus decided to call back its mission.

RT: Do you have any idea why the move comes now and not earlier?

Eugene Puryear: It’s a result of the fact that the war effort, the US attempting to foment civil war and regime change in Syria, has not been going in their favor and that’s what we are seeing. The Syrian government has gained more control, and reconciliation efforts started gaining traction. So this offers an opportunity for the US government to get back in the media; these embassies were only low level consulates and it gave them a chance to justify their failed strategy with the Assad regime in a such way that they will be able to at least gain the support of the American people for continuing to pour in money to keep this civil war going to attempt to overthrow the Assad regime.

RT: Washington has closed the embassy and expelled Syrian diplomats, but it claims that doesn’t mean the suspension of diplomatic relations. Isn’t there a contradiction?

EP: I think it’s an extreme contradiction. If you can’t have any diplomats inside of the country, if your counselor offices around the nation are not allowed to offer the basic consular services, which is one of the most important things that diplomatic officials in other countries do, it’s a de-facto ending of diplomatic relations. But their attempt to not call it that is perhaps to keep the door open for future peace talks and the things of that nature. But I think quite certainly this is in essence an ending or breaking of diplomatic relations, even if they are not calling it that.

People gather around a burning vehicle following reported shelling by government forces on Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood on February 26, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

RT: The US once again has put the blame for violence on Assad, stating that was one of the reasons behind the move to close embassies – but if that’s the case, why is Washington fine with supporting the rebels, given that there have been many confirmed reports of war crimes carried out by them?

EP: It’s completely hypocritical of the US to put the onus for the violence on the Syrian government. I mean quite certainly the US and its proxies and the Gulf states and the EU, having poured in so many weapons, so much money, logistical, military – all these different efforts – to keep the civil war going , it’s their efforts that have turned this into a bloody stalemate that in fact has empowered forces that are aligned with Al-Qaeda. So quite certainly the US is funding and supporting, in either a direct or indirect way, very violent forces that have had a significant role in this war and have really devastated the nation of Syria. I think it’s absolutely unbelievable and really hypocritical for the US to be going ahead and claiming that all the violence is to blame on the Assad regime. Certainly the rebels have committed their share of war crimes and atrocities and the US is complicit and responsible for that.

RT: The Geneva conference has ended with little results. Does that mean that this conflict may only be ended by military victory?

EP: If the US continues its own orientation, I think that is certainly the case. We know that the Assad regime is pursuing aggressively its own reconciliation attempts and its own attempts to build peace from the ground up. But quite certainly the US, the EU and others have set up red lines in their diplomatic negotiations that make it almost impossible for the Assad regime to agree, since it would really result in their own liquidation in order for there to be a peaceful agreement on terms that the US will allow.

And certainly the Western powers have indicated that they will continue to fund the rebels until the Assad government meets their terms… and so the war continues to grind on. The US are setting up the situation so that diplomacy cannot work in the hopes that by drawing out this desperate bloody civil war devastating the Syrian people they can eventually degrade the Assad regime enough for it to fall. They are willing to have tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people die, suffer, and starve in pursuit of their goal, which is overthrowing Bashar Assad and his government.

واشنطن وتل أبيب.. وحجج معاقبة دمشق

فيما كان العالم يحبس أنفاسه وهو يتابع التطورات المتسارعة في القرم، قررت واشنطن فجأة وقف أنشطة السفارة السورية وقنصلياتها على أراضيها، كما طلبت من الدبلوماسيين والعاملين فيها من غير الأمريكيين مغادرة البلاد

تحججت الولايات المتحدة في معرض تبريرها لهذه الخطوة، حسب مبعوثها الخاص إلى سورية، دانييل روبينشتاين بالتأكيد على أنه من غير المقبول، قيام أفراد عيّنهم النظام السوري بأعمال دبلوماسية أو قنصلية داخل الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية.. اللافت في هذا الموقف الأمريكي أنه جاء من دون معطيات جديدة، أو تطورات محددة في العلاقات مع سورية يمكن الاستناد إليها، الأمر الذي جعل المبعوث الأمريكي الخاص إلى سورية الذي لم تمض 24 ساعة على تعيينه في هذا المنصب يسوق تبريرا لا يتوافق مع هذه الخطوة بعد ثلاث سنوات من عمر الأزمة السورية الدامية

هذا التطور الذي يبدو خارج سياق الأحداث، تبعته غارات إسرائيلية على أهداف عسكرية وأمنية في الجزء الذي تسيطر عليه سورية من هضبة الجولان المحتلة، وذلك بعد إصابة 4 جنود إسرائيليين الثلاثاء الماضي بانفجار عبوة ناسفة عند السياج الفاصل في منطقة مجدل شمس؛ ولا توجد، حسب كثير من المحللين العسكريين، أية دلائل تشير إلى علاقة الجيش السوري بها، ما قد يعني أن الدافع وراء طرد الدبلوماسيين السوريين من واشنطن والغارات على أهداف داخل سورية، قد يكون التعبير بشكل غير مباشر عن الغضب من التطورات الجارية في القرم
روسيا اليوم

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US shuts down Syrian embassy, tells diplomats to leave !!!!!?

Embassy of Syria, Washington

Washington has closed the Syrian embassy and two of its consulates, and has told all Syrian diplomats that they must leave the country, after Damascus decided to call back its mission last week.

“Following the announcement that the Syrian Embassy has suspended its provision of consular services, and in consideration of the atrocities the Assad regime has committed against the Syrian people, we have determined it is unacceptable for individuals appointed by that regime to conduct diplomatic or consular operations in the United States,” said a note from the State Department’s special envoy for Syria, Daniel Rubinstein.

As well as its mission in the US capital, Syria also operated two consulates in Troy (Michigan) and Houston.

Syria’s own decision, reported in Middle Eastern media last week, was allegedly provoked by the US, which made it increasingly difficult to obtain accreditation for new diplomats since the internal conflict broke out in 2011.

Reports also claimed that Damascus would follow the same course of action in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, two other countries that have staunchly supported the rebels alongside the US.

Neither Damascus nor Washington have implied that the withdrawal of representatives constitutes a severing of diplomatic ties.

“Despite the differences between our governments, the United States continues to maintain diplomatic relations with the state of Syria as an expression of our longstanding ties with the Syrian people, an interest that will endure long after Bashar Assad leaves power,” said Rubinstein.

The US vacated its own embassy in Damascus more than two years ago.

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President Bashar al-Assad says he supports Putin on Ukraine

President Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seconds Russia’s position in the Ukraine crisis, reported Syria’s state news agency SANA on Thursday.

In a message addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin,  President Assad expressed his solidarity, on behalf of the Syrian people, with Putin’s efforts to “restore security and stability in the friendly country of Ukraine.”

President Assad stressed that Putin’s reaction to the crisis in Ukraine is legitimate and adheres to the UN’s objectives that aim “to create a balanced and transparent world based on respecting the sovereignty of countries and the right of peoples to decide their destiny,” reported SANA.

President Assad described the Russian leadership’s stance as a “wise policy” in the face of “coup attempts against legitimacy and democracy in favor of the terrorist extremists”. He reiterated Syria’s commitment to Putin’s “rational approach” which he described as supporting “the right and truth” and applauded Russia for “saving the world from dangerous events”.

 

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