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Syria

11.09.2013

Syria is ready to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention, open its storage sites and declare its arsenal, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Tuesday, dpa reported.

"We are ready to fulfill our obligations in compliance with this treaty, including through the provision of information about our chemical weapons," al-Moallem said.

"We will open our storage sites and cease production. We are ready to open these facilities to Russia, other countries and the United Nations."

11.09.2013

While it is difficult to know for sure, it is unlikely that the U.S. will strike Syria, observer of Middle Eastern affairs and research scholar at The University of Texas at Austin, Saif Shahin told Trend.

The expert was commenting on the latest happenings in Syria.

"There There is very little international support, nor do US Congressmen seem convinced," he said.

05.09.2013

Former Syrian Defense Minister Ali Habib joined the opposition and escaped to Turkey, Sabah newspaper reported on Thursday.

The publication reported that Habib was dismissed from his post in 2011 due to disagreements with the country's authorities. As the newspaper reported Habib's defection to the opposition is connected with the upcoming military operation against Syria.

05.09.2013

Turkey continues pullig the troops to the Syrian border amid the ongoing discussions on military intervention in this country, Haber7 newspaper reported on Thursday.
According to the publication, a military convoy of 20 vehicles was sent to Yayladag area in Hatay province.

A military personnel of 50 people also arrived to the area.

04.09.2013

Guards ejected several protestors Tuesday as US senators deliberated the White House request for authorization of US military action against Syria over its use of chemical weapons, dpa reported.

A number of people in the hearing room of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held up pink signs announcing their opposition to US military action.

One protestor charged that the US had used chemical weapons in Iraq, and was among those ejected by congressional guards in the course of the hours-long hearing.

04.09.2013

Syria has its own defense systems to protect itself from enemies, Iranian Defense minister Hossein Deghan said, ISNA reported.

Deghan went on to note that Syria does not need Iran's help to provide it with special equipment.

He also said that the presence of the U.S. in the region would affect the crisis in Syria, and it will eventually go beyond country's borders.

02.09.2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that his country is capable of confronting any external attack, a day after his US counterpart Barack Obama called for military action against him Al Jazeera reported.

"Syria ... is capable of confronting any external aggression," state television quoted Assad as saying on Sunday at a meeting with Iranian officials.

02.09.2013

Palestinians are against an attack on Syria, President Mahmoud Abbas said, while condemning the use of chemical weapons, dpa reported.

"What is going on in Syria is very dangerous," the official WAFA news agency Monday quoted Abbas as saying. "But our position is that we are against an attack because we do not want any Arab country to come under attack from outside; we do not accept that."

He warned that a military solution would divide Syria as it did in the 1920s during French colonization, or prolong the civil war.

02.09.2013

Baku's position on the Syrian issue is not yet concrete, Deputy Head of the Administration of the Azerbaijani President, Head of the Foreign Relations Department, Novruz Mammadov said during his speech on Monday.

He was addressing the second forum 'South Caucasus in a changing world', organized by the Association of Scientists for International Relations of the Center of Strategic Studies under the Azerbaijani President.

15.08.2013

The Syrian government has agreed to allow a United Nations mission into the country to investigation allegations of chemicals weapons use in Syria's ongoing civil war, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday, dpa reported.

Ban was "pleased" to announce that Syria had "formally accepted the modalities essential for cooperation to ensure the proper, safe and efficient conduct of the mission," a spokesperson said at UN headquarters in New York.

The departure of the UN team, which last week was waiting in The Hague, is "now imminent," the spokesperson said.