22-01-14

Geneva 2 Syria: American ‘Peace Talks’

Geneva 2: UN retracts Iran’s invite, Syrian opposition confirms attendance

January 20, 2014

The UN has withdrawn an invitation for Iran to the January 22 Geneva 2 peace conference after Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group threatened to pull out of talks if the Islamic Republic attends.

A UN spokesperson announced Monday that UN chief Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn his invitation for Iran.

“[Ban] continues to urge Iran to join the global consensus behind the Geneva communique,” Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky said. “Given that it has chosen to remain outside that basic understanding, [Ban] has decided that the one-day Montreux gathering will proceed without Iran’s participation.”

Following the announcement Syria’s main opposition group – Syrian National Coalition – has confirmed its participation in the peace talks.

“We appreciate the United Nations and [UN Secretary-General] Ban Ki-moon’s understanding of our position. We think they have taken the right decision. Our participation is confirmed for 22 January,” Monzer Akbik, chief of staff of the president of the National Coalition told Reuters.

http://rt.com/news/iran-syria-peace-geneva-916/

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June 20, 2013 - ‘Syrian Rebels: We’ve Received Heavy Weapons from Saudis’:
The first delivery of heavy weapons has arrived on Syria’s front lines following President Barack Obama’s decision to put Western military might behind the official opposition, rebels told the British Daily Telegraph. More have now arrived, confirming reports that the White House has lifted an unofficial embargo on its Gulf allies sending heavy weapons to the rebels. “We now have supplies from Saudi Arabia,” a rebel source said. “We have been told more weapons are on their way, even higher-end missiles.” European Union foreign ministers agreed at the end of May to lift an arms embargo in order to supply weapons to Syrian rebels, but British Foreign Secretary William Hague said at the time that “no immediate decision” would be made on sending arms to the rebels.  ”Terrorists will return to Europe with fighting experience and extremist ideologies,” President Assad told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/169117#.Up9x2MTuK5U

November 7, 2013 - Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force – Syrian, Arab and western sources say the intensifying Saudi effort is focused on Jaysh al-Islam (the Army of Islam or JAI), created in late September by a union of 43 Syrian groups. Diplomats and experts warned that there are serious doubts about its prospects as well as fears of “blowback” by extremists returning from Syria. The Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, is also pressing the US to drop its objections to supplying anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles to the JAI. Jordan is being urged to allow its territory to be used as a supply route into neighbouring Syria. (The Guardian)

November 10, 2013 - ‘The CIA is Leading Massive Arms Deliveries to Rebels in Syria, Saudi Arabia is Training Terrorists’:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/cia-is-leading-massive-arms-deliveries-to-rebels-in-syria-saudi-arabia-training-terrorists/5357531

November 30, 2013 - Terror Actions in Syria – Saudi Colonel Captured by Syrian Army:
http://www.aydinlikdaily.com/Saudi-Colonel-Captured-by-Syrian-Army-1445
18+...Graphic Video......Saudi lieutenant colonel killed in Syria
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December 6, 2013 - Pentagon approves $1.1 billion Raytheon missile sale to Saudi Arabia:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/06/us-raytheon-saudi-missiles-idUSBRE9B50SF20131206

December 12, 2013:
'No one is expecting a tank invasion of Saudi Arabia anytime soon, but the kingdom just put in a huge order for U.S.-made anti-tank missiles':
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/12/why_is_saudi_arabia_buying_15000_us_anti_tank_missiles_for_a_land_war_it_will_ne#sthash.otwdA4hc.dpbs

In 2010, the US made the largest arms sale in its history, selling $60 billion’s worth of jets and attack helicopters to the Arab kingdom. Saudi Arabia is also a major exporter of oil to the US, though its highly unlikely OPEC would support a slow down or boycott over the kingdom’s political gripes with the US.  Israeli personnel in recent days were in Saudi Arabia to inspect bases that could be used as a staging ground to launch attacks against Iran, according to informed Egyptian intelligence officials…

Photo: American military basis on Qatar

29-12-13

Syria: the dirty role of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

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Five thousand citizens evacuated from Workers' city of Adra

Dec 29, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) - More than 5 thousand citizens in the residential worker city of Adra were evacuated on Sunday by the help of the Syrian Arab army, Minister of Social Affairs Kinda al-Shammat said.

"The citizens who have been evacuated are now in a safe haven as the ministry formed a relief operations' room with the cooperation of Damascus countryside governorate to offer them the basic relief aid," the Minister said in a statement to SANA.

She affirmed that any international organization has never contacted the Ministry regarding the humanitarian file in Adra.

Armed terrorist groups, linked to Jabhat al-Nusra, the so-called Liwa al-Islam and the Islamic Front infiltrated into the workers' city of Adra on December 11, perpetrating a number of massacres there against the families, burning the houses of state employees, slaughtering a number of them and mutilating their bodies.

Mazen

Read more at: http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/12/29/519983.htm

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“They had lists of government employees on them.” “This means they had planned for it beforehand and knew who works in the governmental agencies. They went to the addresses they had on their list, forced the people out and subjected them to the so-called “Sharia trials.” I think that’s what they call it. They sentenced them to death by beheading.”

“There was slaughter everywhere.” “The eldest was only 20 years old; he was slaughtered. They were all children. I saw them with my own eyes. They killed fourteen people with a machete. I don’t know if these people were Alawites. I don’t know why they were slaughtered. They grabbed them by their heads and slaughtered them like sheep.”

“Civilians told us that the workers of an Adra bakery were all executed and burned during the first hours of the attack. Whole families were massacred. We do not have an exact estimation of the number because we are unable to get into the town, but the number is high,” Kinda Shimat, Syria’s Social Affairs Minister, told RT.

“They killed everyone at the Adra Ummalia police station,” another fugitive from the town told RT. “And they killed everyone at the Adra Ummalia hospital where my sister works. She stayed alive only because she didn’t show up for work that day. There are about 200 people at the police station. They are civilians. The militants are hiding among them, using them as a shield to prevent the Army from bombing the police.”

July 17, 2012 – USA and Al Qaeda: Holy Alliance:
http://www.strategic-culture.org/pview/2012/07/17/usa-and...

June 25, 2013 – Saudi Arabia: ‘Syrian rebels must be armed’
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/25/saudi-arabia...

Oct 18, 2013 - 'After Saudi Rejects UNSC Seat, Ban Ki-moon Praises Them'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpavNhPhLdI

December 24, 2013 - 'US, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Israel oppose Iran's participation in Geneva-2 for ideological reasons'
http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_12_24/US-Qatar-Saudi-Arabia-and-Israel-oppose-Irans-participation-in-Geneva-2-for-ideological-reasons-experts-8395/

http://latestnewssyria.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/syria-the-dirty-role-of-un-secretary-general-ban-ki-moon/#comments

'2013 will be remembered as the year in which the world bid a sad but celebratory farewell to Nelson Mandela... I can think of nothing I would rather see in 2014 than for world leaders to emulate his example in upholding their moral and political responsibilities.' (UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on the UN-website where you'll find no mention of the 5.000 Syrians which were just evacuated) http://www.un.org/sg/

Russia condemns Adra massacre, calls on world community to react
http://rt.com/news/russia-condemns-adra-massacre-406/

July 30, 2012 - 'The time has come for the UN Secretary General to pick a new representative in Iraq'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2180964/Its-time-UN-Secretary-General-Ban-Ki-moon-picked-new-representative-Iraq-says-David-Amess.html

23-12-13

Latest News Peace Talks Syria...

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Photos: 1) Syrian woman, praying for peace  2) Picture of a U.S. military base in Qatar, thousands of warplanes. A part of it is used to bombard Afghanistan.

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In 2012 Qatar bought 200 “Leopard 2″ battle tanks and the German government responded positively to the Saudis request to buy up to 270 of the Leopard 2 tanks. In a new request, the sheikhs petitioned the German government for its approval of the purchase of a few hundred “Boxer” armed transport vehicles.
http://latestnewssyria.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/peace-talks-syria-german-weapons-business/

July 17, 2012 – USA and Al Qaeda: Holy Alliance:
http://www.strategic-culture.org/pview/2012/07/17/usa-and...

June 25, 2013 – Saudi Arabia: ‘Syrian rebels must be armed’
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/25/saudi-arabia...

November 7, 2013 – Syria: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/syria-crisis...

December 12, 2013 – Why Is Saudi Arabia Buying 15,000 U.S. Anti-Tank Missiles for a War It Will Never Fight?
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/12/why_is_s...

December 18, 2013 – Ambassador: Saudi Ready to Act ‘With or Without’ West
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/110367-ambassador-saud...

December 18, 2013 – Germany: U.S. Opens New Training Range For Global NATO Warfare
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/germany-u-s-op...

December 21, 2013 - U.S. blocking Iranian role in Syrian peace talks next month - Thirty countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait, have been invited to participate in the opening session of the peace conference...
http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.564633

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19-12-13

Latest News Syria: Saudi Arabian Peace Talks

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June 20, 2013 - ‘Syrian Rebels: We’ve Received Heavy Weapons from Saudis’: The first delivery of heavy weapons has arrived on Syria’s front lines following President Barack Obama’s decision to put Western military might behind the official opposition, rebels told the British Daily Telegraph. More have now arrived, confirming reports that the White House has lifted an unofficial embargo on its Gulf allies sending heavy weapons to the rebels. “We now have supplies from Saudi Arabia,” a rebel source said. “We have been told more weapons are on their way, even higher-end missiles.” European Union foreign ministers agreed at the end of May to lift an arms embargo in order to supply weapons to Syrian rebels, but British Foreign Secretary William Hague said at the time that “no immediate decision” would be made on sending arms to the rebels.  ”Terrorists will return to Europe with fighting experience and extremist ideologies,” President Assad told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/169117#.Up9x2MTuK5U

November 7, 2013 - Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force – Syrian, Arab and western sources say the intensifying Saudi effort is focused on Jaysh al-Islam (the Army of Islam or JAI), created in late September by a union of 43 Syrian groups. Diplomats and experts warned that there are serious doubts about its prospects as well as fears of “blowback” by extremists returning from Syria. The Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, is also pressing the US to drop its objections to supplying anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles to the JAI. Jordan is being urged to allow its territory to be used as a supply route into neighbouring Syria. (The Guardian)

November 10, 2013 - ‘The CIA is Leading Massive Arms Deliveries to Rebels in Syria, Saudi Arabia is Training Terrorists’: http://www.globalresearch.ca/cia-is-leading-massive-arms-deliveries-to-rebels-in-syria-saudi-arabia-training-terrorists/5357531

November 30, 2013 - Terror Actions in Syria – Saudi Colonel Captured by Syrian Army: http://www.aydinlikdaily.com/Saudi-Colonel-Captured-by-Syrian-Army-1445 18+…Graphic Video……Saudi lieutenant colonel killed in Syria Warning – Item 18+…Graphic Video……Saudi lieutenant colonel killed in Syria might contain content that is not suitable for all ages. By clicking on CONTINUE you confirm that you are 18 years and over. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=bed_1373652652

December 6, 2013 - Pentagon approves $1.1 billion Raytheon missile sale to Saudi Arabia: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/06/us-raytheon-saudi-missiles-idUSBRE9B50SF20131206

December 12, 2013: ‘No one is expecting a tank invasion of Saudi Arabia anytime soon, but the kingdom just put in a huge order for U.S.-made anti-tank missiles’: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/12/why_is_saudi_arabia_buying_15000_us_anti_tank_missiles_for_a_land_war_it_will_ne#sthash.otwdA4hc.dpbs

December 17, 2013 - Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone “Saudi Arabia has global responsibilities and we will act to fulfill these responsibilities, with or without the support of our Western partners” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/opinion/saudi-arabia-will-go-it-alone.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

Saudi Arabia receives just $9,000 in foreign aid from the US a year, though the US does sell it a lot of military hardware. In 2010, the US made the largest arms sale in its history, selling $60 billion’s worth of jets and attack helicopters to the Arab kingdom. Saudi Arabia is also a major exporter of oil to the US, though its highly unlikely OPEC would support a slow down or boycott over the kingdom’s political gripes with the US.  Israeli personnel in recent days were in Saudi Arabia to inspect bases that could be used as a staging ground to launch attacks against Iran, according to informed Egyptian intelligence officials… 

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/11/17/335123/israel-s-arabia-united-against-iran/

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09-12-13

Peace Talks Syria: the enduring lies of the American government

15,000 anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia

Chuck Hagel announced during the weekend forum that the US has no intention of scaling back its military presence (read: arms sales) in the Persian Gulf despite the recent diplomatic detente with Iran. «Diplomacy, must be backed up with military power,» Hagel told delegates. The Pentagon chief also disclosed that the US was going ahead with the sale of 15,000 anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia worth $1 billion. These missiles will probably end up in the hands of Al Qaeda militants waging a war of terror against Syria for the Western-backed objective of regime change in that country. Ironically, and ludicrously, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned delegates that «extremists» operating in Syria (with the covert support of the US, Britain and Saudi Arabia among others) present a grave security threat to the Middle East region and Europe.”

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/12/09/from-bah...
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/polio-has-bro...

CHUCK HAGEL IS A MAN OF DEUTSCHE BANK.
chuck hagel ” serves on the board of directors of Chevron Corporation, Deutsche Bank’s Americas Advisory Board, …..”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Hagel

ALSO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS CONTROLLED BY DEUTSCHE BANK.
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/maryriddell/100033519/w...

WHO CONTROLS DEUTSCHE BANK ?
WE CAN NOTICE RELATIONS AMONG LORD JACOB ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK.
https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PE...

DAVID HAYSEY ” HEAD OF PUBLIC EQUITIES AT RIT CAPITAL PARTNERS ” AND IN THE PAST ” DIRECTOR AT J ROTHSCHILD CAPITAL MANAGEMENT ” HAS BEEN ” MANAGING DIRECTOR AT DEUTSCHE BANK ”
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/david-haysey/1b/470/bb3

THERE ARE ALSO LINKS AMONG EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK.
https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PE...

VERNON JORDAN, THE BIG FRIEND OF EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD AND OF HIS WIFE LYNN DE ROTHSCHILD, HAS BEEN A DIRECTOR OF DEUTSCHE BANK.
http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/director/8570529/vernon...

DEUTSCHE BANK IS CONNECTED ALSO WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD OWNED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild
AND BY HIS WIFE ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild
http://in.linkedin.com/pub/nicolas-hindi/31/912/265
http://www.lejdd.fr/Economie/Images/Les-plus-grosses-fort...

” Benjamin de Rothschild, only son of the late Edmond de Rothschild, was a classic case of great expectations gone astray. Despite being groomed for greatness from a young age, as a teenager he skipped university and instead headed for Los Angeles with dreams of being a film producer. In LA he started taking drugs, and ended up on heroin. Meanwhile, he failed to make it into Hollywood’s charmed circle and bombed as a film-maker. ”
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/poor-litt...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waddesdon
http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/
http://www.thefullwiki.org/Waddesdon_Manor
http://www.thefullwiki.org/Ascott_House
http://www.breathingenglishair.blogspot.fr/2012/04/ascott...
http://wikimapia.org/6825620/fr/Chateau-de-Pregny
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/77169200

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Saudi Arabia receives just $9,000 in foreign aid from the US a year, though the US does sell it a lot of military hardware. In 2010, the US made the largest arms sale in its history, selling $60 billion’s worth of jets and attack helicopters to the Arab kingdom. Saudi Arabia is also a major exporter of oil to the US, though its highly unlikely OPEC would support a slow down or boycott over the kingdom’s political gripes with the US.  Israeli personnel in recent days were in Saudi Arabia to inspect bases that could be used as a staging ground to launch attacks against Iran, according to informed Egyptian intelligence officials

16-11-13

American diplomacy: 'Peace Talks'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 10, 2013 - 'Israeli cabinet approves Avigdor Lieberman's return as foreign mininster'
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10439150/Israeli-cabinet-approves-Avigdor-Liebermans-return-as-foreign-mininster.html

November 12, 2013  - Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank:
http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

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13-11-13

Latest News Middle East Peace Process Talks: John Kerry’s remarks

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Remarks on the Middle East Peace Process Talks

John Kerry, Secretary of State, July 30, 2013

'We all appreciate – believe me – we appreciate the challenges ahead. But even as we look down the difficult road that is before us and consider the complicated choices that we face, we cannot lose sight of something that is often forgotten in the Middle East, and that is what awaits everybody with success. We need to actually change the way we think about compromise in order to get to success. Compromise doesn’t only mean giving up something or giving something away; reasonable principled compromise in the name of peace means that everybody stands to gain. Each side has a stake in the other’s success, and everyone can benefit from the dividends of peace.'

'We can envision a day when Palestinians can finally realize their aspirations for a flourishing state of their own, and the groundbreaking economic initiative that we’ve been working on the with the Quartet and with Tony Blair and others, with the help of the private sector, can help transform the Palestinian economy and build up unprecedented markets and unblocked waves of foreign investment. And we shouldn’t forget that the new jobs, the new homes, the new industries that can grow in a new Palestinian state will also benefit Israelis next door, where a vibrant economy will find new partners.'

'The Israeli Government has recognized this, which is why it will be taking in the next days and weeks a number of steps in order to improve conditions in the West Bank and in Gaza.'

'The parties have agreed here today that all of the final status issues, all of the core issues, and all other issues are all on the table for negotiation. And they are on the table with one simple goal: a view to ending the conflict, ending the claims. Our objective will be to achieve a final status agreement over the course of the next nine months. The parties also agreed that the two sides will keep the content of the negotiations confidential. The only announcement you will hear about meetings is the one that I just made. And I will be the only one, by agreement, authorized to comment publicly on the talks, in consultation, obviously, with the parties. That means that no one should consider any reports, articles, or other – or even rumors – reliable, unless they come directly from me, and I guarantee you they won’t.'

'The United States will work continuously with both parties as a facilitator every step of the way. We all understand the goal that we’re working towards: two states living side by side in peace and security. Two states because two proud peoples each deserve a country to call their own. Two states because the children of both peoples deserve the opportunity to realize their legitimate aspirations in security and in freedom. And two states because the time has come for a lasting peace.'

'The Israeli and Palestinian people understand their common interests, and that’s why they continue to take positive steps on the ground to improve relations between themselves. I also want to point out that the Arab League understands this too, which is why it has reaffirmed the Arab Peace Initiative and provided vital statements of support for this process.'

'So many things are already happening. When somebody tells you that Israelis and Palestinians cannot find common ground or address the issues that divide them, don’t believe them. Just look at the things they are doing together and trying to do together. There are many reasons why we need to solve this conflict, but none more important than the security and dignity of the next generations of Israelis and Palestinians, Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and the generations who will follow them and benefit from these negotiations hopefully.'

http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/07/212553.htm

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April 14, 2004 - 'Arafat Warns U.S. Could Kill Middle East Peace'
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0414-07.htm

November 15, 2010:  U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

February 2011: More than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

February 19, 2011:  Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

October 27, 2011: Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

November 2011 - 'Israel’s Bunker Mentality -How the Occupation Is Destroying the Nation'
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/136593/ronald-r-kr...

July 29, 2013 - 'ISRAELI AND PALESTINIANS TALKS TO RESUME IN WASHINGTON'
http://brusselsdiplomatic.com/2013/07/29/israeli-and-palestinians-talks-to-resume-in-washington/

July 30, 2013 - 'ISRAEL AND PALESTINIANS RESUME DIRECT FINAL STATUS NEGOCIATIONS'
http://brusselsdiplomatic.com/2013/07/30/israel-and-palestinians-resume-direct-final-status-negociations/

November 10, 2013 - 'US could kill Middle East Peace'
http://kruitvat.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/us-could-kill-mi...

November 12, 2013  - Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank: http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-ex...

November 13, 2013: Abbas: 'Cancel Building or Peace Talks Over'
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/173940#....

November 13, 2013 - Middle East peace process nears collapse
http://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east-peace-process-nea...

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20-05-13

Latest News Syria: Ban Ki moon Peace Talks

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As a reminder:

'Ban Ki-moon's no fly-zone'

March 29, 2011

Just over a week ago, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki moon chartered a U.N. airplane to take him on a high-level diplomatic trip from Madrid to Paris, where French President Nikolas Sarkozy hosted a summit on Libya, a prelude to an allied air attack on forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi, U.N. officials told Turtle Bay.

The U.N. plane had a reputation as a warhorse, having flown multiple humanitarian supply runs in Darfur, Sudan, and in other African trouble spots. But the U.N. aircraft was having a bad day.

The landing gear abruptly dropped down shortly after takeoff, forcing the plane to return to the airport in Madrid. The grounding of the U.N. secretary of general posed a political dilemma for the members of the anti-Qaddafi coalition, which had gone to great lengths to highlight the U.N.'s support for the air war. The Spanish government stepped in and loaned one of their planes to the U.N. chief so he could make the meeting on time.

Upon his arrival in Paris, Ban used the occasion to offer his support to the allied effort, urging the assembled leaders, which included U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, "to continue to act with speed and decision" to prevent Qaddafi's forces from continuing their military advance on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. He also assured them that "the United Nations system will carry out" its own responsibilities in an effort to forge "a common, effective and timely response" to the crisis in Libya.

Apparently, his travel crew didn't get the message. The following day, a U.N. aircrew flew the same plane, with the landing gear supposedly fixed, back to Paris to fetch Ban and fly him to Cairo. Again, the landing gear dropped after takeoff, forcing Ban and his team to return to Paris. This time, Sarkozy-who had ordered French war-planes to attack Qaddafi's forces-loaned Ban a French government plane so he could get to Cairo.

http://reformdesa.blogspot.be/2011/03/ban-ki-moons-no-fly-zone.html

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April 13, 2011

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (C) with Qatar's Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (L) and Qatar's Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jissim Bin Jabr Al Thani, before a start the first international contact group meeting on Libya in Doha. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

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15-05-13

Obama meets Erdogan: Peaceful...

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The White House website released a photo of Obama with his right hand on a baseball bat as he talked on the phone with Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

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Opposition slams Turkish government over Patriot missiles…

Turkey’s main opposition party has criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party over the deployment of Patriot missiles along the country’s border with Syria.

During a Sunday parliamentary session at which the country’s budget plan for 2013 was to be discussed, a heated debate on foreign policy broke out between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy leader Osman Koruturk, English-language newspaperToday’s Zaman reported.

“Turkey had never lost so much dignity in the eyes of its neighbors [as it has today],” Koruturk said.

He noted that Ankara maintained good relations with Tehran, Baghdad and Damascus in the past, and even mediated negotiations between Damascus and Tel Aviv over the Golan Heights.

“Today, we are at daggers drawn with all these,” Koruturk added.

The CHP deputy leader also criticized Turkey’s relations with NATO, stressing that Turkey is far from playing an active role in the Western military contingent.

“It looks as though major NATO members are directing Turkey through the alliance,” Koruturk said.

He highlighted that Syria is being used as an excuse for the deployment of Patriot missiles, and said the real aim for such a deployment is to protect the radar in the Kurecik district of Malatya province, which reportedly protects Israel.

NATO has approved of Turkey’s request for the deployment of Patriot surface-to-air missiles in its territory.

The agreement emerged from a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on December 4 despite strong opposition from Russia, Syria and Iran.

On December 14, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed orders to authorize the plan to deploy Patriot missile batteries and about 400 troops to Turkey following the announcement of a similar move by Germany.

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/12/17/278505/turkey-opposition-slams-patriot-missiles/

26-04-13

NATO: “territorial defence of Europe” and “peace-making” ?

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The Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union

The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) is the organised, agreed foreign policy of the European Union (EU) for mainly security and defence diplomacy and actions. CFSP deals only with a specific part of the EU’s external relations, which domains include mainly Trade and Commercial Policy and other areas such as funding to third countries, etc. Decisions require unanimity among member states in the Council of the European Union, but once agreed, certain aspects can be further decided by qualified majority voting. Foreign policy is chaired and represented by the EU’s High Representative.

The CFSP sees the NATO responsible for the territorial defence of Europe and “peace-making”. However, since 1999, the European Union is responsible for implementing missions, such as “peace-keeping” and policing of treaties, etc. A phrase that is often used to describe the relationship between the EU forces and NATO is “separable, but not separate”: The same forces and capabilities form the basis of both EU and NATO efforts, but portions can be allocated to the European Union if necessary. Concerning missions, the right of first refusal exists: the EU may only act if NATO first decides not to.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Foreign_and_Security_Policy

Photo: Chief of Staff of the so called ‘Free Syrian Army’ Gen. Salim Idris addresses the media after he discussed the situation in Syria with Guy Verhofstadt, right, at the European Parliament in Brussels, March 6, 2013. Verhofstadt pleads for supply of heavy weapons to Idris but a number of reports indicate that Verhofstadt lies and that  the weapons were already delivered…

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“Territorial defence of Europe” and “peace-making”...

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Brussels, April 26th, 2013

Verhofstadt about Syria: ‘The weak position of the European Union makes me sick. The European Commission knows what needs to be done, so they should go ahead and use every means possible, including less orthodox ways if needed. The time for peace talks is over, we need action now. If the UN doesn’t react, then NATO should.’

Guy Verhofstadt

Verhofstadt became president of the Flemish Liberal Student's Union (1972–1974) while studying law at the University of Ghent. He quickly became the secretary of Willy De Clercq, who was at that time the president of the Flemish liberal party (Party for 'Freedom and Progress', PVV). In 1982, at age 29, he became president of the party. In 1985 he was elected into the Chamber of Deputies, and became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Budget under Prime Minister Wilfried Martens. Because of his economic views and his young age, he became known as "Baby Thatcher". Another nickname from that era is "da joenk", a Brabantian dialect expression meaning "that kid" (in a pejorative sense, referring to his rather iconoclastic and immature style).
After a failed attempt to form a government in November 1991, he resigned and disappeared from the political scene, only to return to the party's presidency in 1997 with a 'less radical image'.

Partly because of a food scandal that broke out just before the elections, his party became the largest party in the country, and he was appointed Prime Minister on July 12, 1999, the first liberal to hold that office since 1938.

Following the 2003 general elections, Verhofstadt formed his second cabinet.
In the regional elections of June 13, 2004, his party lost votes.
Since then, Verhofstadt has been faced with internal crisis after crisis.

In 2004, Verhofstadt was suggested as a candidate to replace Romano Prodi as the next President of the European Commission. He was the choice of the former French president, Jacques Chirac, and Germany's
ex-chancellor, Gerhard Schroder, but his candidacy was opposed and rejected by a coalition led by Tony Blair and Silvio Berlusconi.

After his premiership he took up the seat of Senator to which he had been elected in 2007.
In the 2009 European Parliament election, he was elected a member of the European Parliament for the term 2009–2014 and has been put forward as the possible candidate for replacing José Manuel Barroso as the president of the European Commission by a coalition of greens, socialists and liberals.
On July 1, 2009 he was elected President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group in the European Parliament.
Verhofstadt is also a member of the Club de Madrid, an organization of more than 80 former statesmen. The group works to promote ‘democratic governance and leadership worldwide’.
On April 2, 2012 Verhofstadt Verhofstadt replaced Etienne Davignon who was for many years chairman of the audit committee of Sofina and a member of the remuneration and nomination committee.

Etienne Davignon

Davignon joined the Belgian Foreign Ministry, in 1959, and within two years had become an attaché under Paul-Henri Spaak, then-Minister of Foreign Affairs. He remained in Belgian government until 1965. In 1970, he chaired the committee of experts which produced the Davignon report on foreign policy for Europe. On 27 October 1970, in Luxembourg, the Foreign Ministers of the Six adopted the Report, which 'seeks progress in the area of political unification through cooperation in foreign policy matters'.

Davignon later became the first head of the International Energy Agency, from 1974 to 1977, before becoming a member of the European Commission, of which he was vice-president from 1981 till 1985. From 1989 to 2001, he was chairman of the Belgian bank Société Générale de Belgique, which is now part of the French supplier Suez and was not an arm of the French bank Société Générale, but a Belgian institution. He is now Vice Chairman of Suez subsidiary, Suez-Tractebel.

As chairman of Société Générale de Belgique, he was a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists. He is the current co-chairman of the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table, chairman of the Paul-Henri Spaak Foundation, president of the EGMONT - Royal Institute for International Relations, chairman of CSR Europe, chairman of the European Academy of Business in Society and was chairman of the annual Bilderberg conference from 1998 to 2001.

Davignon is the chairman of the board of directors of Brussels Airlines, which he co-founded after the bankruptcy of Sabena. He is also a member of the board of numerous Belgian companies, and is the chairman of the board of directors and of the General Assembly of the ICHEC Brussels Management School.

On 26 January 2004, Davignon was given the honorary title of Minister of State, giving him a seat on the Crown Council.

On April 2, 2012, when Guy Verhofstadt became a Board Member of the Brussels-based, Brussels-quoted Sofina holding, Etienne Davignon leaved the governing body of Sofina after 27 years. Sofina's Board of Directors decided him to grant the title of Honorary Director.

Davignon is a crucial member of the Strategic Advisory Panel of The European Business Awards. He is a member of the Cercle Gaulois and a member of the Advisory Board of the Itinera Institute think tank. He is also President of the Brussels-based think tank Friends of Europe.

Photo: Guy Verhofstadt, MEP and President of ALDE Group; Mr Jacques Delors, Founding President of ‘Notre Europe’ and Etienne Davignon.

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June 15 2012 – US holds high-level talks with Syrian rebels seeking weapons in Washington:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9334707/US-holds-high-level-talks-with-Syrian-rebels-seeking-weapons-in-Washington.html

February 23, 2013 – In Syria, new influx of weapons to rebels tilts the battle against Assad:
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-02-23/world/37257669_1_free-syrian-army-rebel-forces-assad

February 24, 2013 – Syria. Saudis supply heavy weapons to so-called ‘moderate rebels’:
http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2013/02/24/17389.shtml

March 28, 2013 – Saudi heavy weapons supply to Syrian rebels breaks up Arab summit in uproar:
http://www.debka.com/article/22857/