Syrian Arab TV – 25-03-2011
– Presidential Political and Media Advisor Dr. Bouthina Shaaban said “the Regional Leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party chaired by President Bashar al-Assad, on Thursday discussed the latest political developments, the public and services situation in the country.”
The meeting dealt with the level of governmental performance and the efficiency of security, political and administrative institutions to provide the best services for citizens, ensure decent living standard and to protect the citizens’ freedom and dignity, she added.
Shaaban talked in detail about the regretful events in Daraa Governorate and the accompanying chaos which led to destroying public facilities and inducing death on citizens.
The meeting decided in the living condition field:
– The formation of a committee to contact and listen to citizens in Daraa to know the reality and circumstances of the regretful events and its causes and to punish perpetrators besides tackling all resulted effects in a way that responds to the legitimate demands of citizens.
– The increase of the employees’ salaries immediately to positively reflect on their living standard. – Finding the necessary funding to provide health insurance for the state employees.
– Providing the needed capabilities and resources to increase job opportunities whether to create new jobs for unemployed youth or to appoint temporary employees as permanent.
– Making comprehensive assessment of the performance of the government, local and administrative institutions and taking decisions regarding them urgently. In the political domain:
-Laying down new and effective mechanisms to combat corruption and issuing the relevant legislations and establishing the necessary commissions.
-Studying the invalidation of the emergency law as soon as possible and issuing legislations to guarantee the safety of the homeland and citizens. -Preparing a draft parties’ law in Syria for political and public dialogue.
-Issuing a new media law that meets the aspirations of citizens for more freedoms and transparency.
-Amending Law No. 49 on the border areas as to facilitate the citizens’ paperwork and eliminating causes for complaints associated with enforcing it.
-Consolidating the powers of the judiciary, preventing indiscriminate arrests and settling the citizens’ cases as soon as possible.
Shaaban: Demands will be heard and answered in deliberate and calm way
On procedures to be taken regarding the Eastern region, particularly regarding those who have no civil registrations, Shaaban said: ” We in Syria don’t use the word “Kurds” since they are Syrian citizens and President Bashar al-Assad talked about them in various occasions.
We don’t like to be referred to as a religious, denominational or ethnical identity. The demands of this segment of the Syrian society were the focus in the last Regional Conference held in 2005 and they are still under discussion, she added.
Shabaan said:” We may not succeed in responding to these demands on the right time, but it doesn’t mean that they won’t be fulfilled. These demands will be heard and answered in a deliberate and calm way. I wish the Syrian people would be able to differentiate between the just demands and those who want to fish in troubled waters,”
On the presence of Hezbollah groups in Daraa Governorate, she said it is very funny and ironic that some news agencies reported such a lie. Those who did it don’t know Syria’s value, potentials or position. We are a country that is capable of managing its own affairs. It is part of a media mobilizing project to give the image that something very serious is happening.
Shaaban said ” In a time when some sides try to exploit the Arab revolutions which took place in Egypt, Tunisia and other Arab countries for achieving certain goals which do not serve the interests of the Arab nation, we see that targeting Syria is very clear as it constitutes the safe sanctuary for the resistance, and as President Bashar al-Assad stated several times that we are with the resistance…It is not strange that Syria is targeted, and who reads today the Israeli and western newspapers in general knows how much our country is targeted.”
“I mentioned this point to say that it is completely separated from the just demands of Daraa’s inhabitants and the Syrian people in all the provinces, not only in Daraa,” Shaaban added.
Shaaban conveyed President al-Assad’s condolences to the families of the martyrs, stressing that Daraa is a precious part of the homeland, adding that the people of Daraa are inseparable part of the Syrian people.
“Daraa was not selected for any social or economic reasons, but only for geographical reasons as it is located near the borders and the weapons and money can reach it so easily by the groups which target the security, stability and dignity of Syria,” Shaaban said.
She added” It is doubtless that no Syrian citizen has an interest in destabilizing the security and stability of Syria, and no official has an interest in targeting the security and stability of the country…There is no dispute between the citizens and the Government on the importance of Syria’s dignity, security and stability, but there is a dispute between the Syrian people and Government and the enemies who target the security and stability of Syria…This doesn’t underestimate the just demands which are on the table of President al-Assad and the Syrian leadership, and there is no topic which is not allowed to be discussed”
“Everything the Syrian citizen thinks of or wants is legitimate and it must be discussed, and it is the viewpoint of President al-Assad,” Shaaban said.
“The second thing which is targeted in Syria is the wonderful coexistence in it…This region is targeted to become sectarian, regional and racial…Whoever comes to Syria recognizes this great coexistence spreading among all the spectrums of the Syrian people regardless of their religion or race…On this occasion we greet our brothers the Kurds and we congratulate them on the Nowruz Day which represents a civilized occasion in which all the Syrian people participate…All the Syrians participate in the Muslim and Christian occasions,” Shaaban said, indicating that this great Syrian example is also targeted, and we must not diminish its importance.
Shaaban addressed those who pretend that they want freedom and dignity for the Arab nation saying” We saw the samples they presented in Iraq and the million martyrs there, and we saw the absence of security…Nobody can be more keen on achieving the interests of our people than us.”
She added “President al-Assad doesn’t want the bloodshed at all, and I witnessed his directives on not using live bullets whatever the circumstances as he is keen on every citizen…This doesn’t mean that there are no mistakes or practices which were not unsatisfactory and not up to the required level…I don’t deny this thing which might happen and which could have happened, but we mustn’t mix the malpractice or the wrongdoing or the bad person and the desire and will of President al-Assad to move Syria with the Syrian leadership to the dignity, prosperity and security, in addition to achieving all the aspirations of the citizens.”
Answering a question on when the actual implementation of the decisions will start, Shaaban said “The actual implementation will start today, and next month will witness new decisions…the date and speed are at the heart of these decisions.”
On the foreign side or the armed group which smuggled weapons and money into Dara’a, and its political goal, Shaaban said “investigations are still underway… there are indications and signs of the existence of foreign funding, arms smuggled and given to some people, but we couldn’t talk about who were the sides that funded or who were the sides who prepared, we will present details after the end of investigations.”
As for the number of the dead circulated by news agencies and what is the real number, Dr. Shaaban added “the Syrian TV gave the right number of the martyrs… the problem is in the media which wants to exaggerate in the numbers and events.”
“Syrian TV and media have the credibility… I talked to some journalists this morning, some of them said that even if we tell the others about something, they would not believe our words, they would believe another person who lives in London or Paris,” Shaaban added.
She called on all mass media to try to be credible in conveying the news and events. On the way of dealing with demands of Dara’a citizens who peacefully demonstrated, Shaaban said “Dara’a demands are of priority…. It is not a study, it is a decision… the decisions were adopted to deal with these demands… President al-Assad is very careful about their demands.”
As for what has been described as armed gangs or instigators, Dr. Shaaban said “this has been named perhaps on those who carry weapons, not demands, but want to destabilize security and stability… when a national crisis occurs, there might be a provocative or not good word… I want to say that this naming was for those who tried to destabilize the security and stability of the country, not the people and families of Dara’a.
She thanked journalists for the important role they played during the events of Dara’a.
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