Politics

03-02-2006
Syrian lawyers are attempting to put former Vice President Abdul-Halim Khaddam on trial in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on charges of willful killing related to his importing of toxic chemical waste into Syria in the mid 1980s.
03-02-2006
Calling on the international community to respect the legitimacy of the Palestinian elections, which handed and overwhelming and unexpectedly large victory to Islamic militant group Hamas, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad met in Damascus with Khaled Masha’al, head of Hamas’ politburo on January 29.
03-02-2006
Five key opposition figures imprisoned following the ‘Damascus Spring’ pro-democracy movement that began after Syrian President Assad took power in 2000, were released from prison on January 18.
03-02-2006
Syria criticized on January 19 a move by the US Treasury to freeze the assets of Syria’s military intelligence chief Assef Shawkat as biased to protect Israeli interests. 
03-02-2006
Syria backed Iran’s nuclear programme during the first visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Damascus on January 19, saying US and European fears that Iran is seeking to build nuclear weapons were not persuasive.
03-02-2006
Before I start my speech…when I met with some foreign officials in Syria, they criticized Syrian stances and accused her of being hardliner… They said that the speech of President Bashar al-Assad was hardliner and the like…they accused Syria’s stances of being radical, and criticized the speeches of President Bashar al-Assad in their meetings with me. I used to tell them: you should not figure out a picture of the situation through your meetings with us as officials….on the contrary we are very quite…the street is boiling and we are quiet.
03-02-2006
Al-Hayat: Sayyed Nasrallah, are we on the verge of a civil war in Lebanon? Sayyed Nasrallah (Laughing): This interview is starting off with a difficult question.
03-02-2006
Lebanon should respond to UN Security Council pressure to disarm Hezbollah by firmly stating it is a group defending the country against Israel, not a militia, Hezbollah’s first cabinet minister said on January 24.
17-01-2006
Washington DC, January 11, 2006   The United States has grave and continuing concerns about Syria's destabilizing behavior and sponsorship of terrorism. The Syrian regime is obligated to implement UN Security Council resolutions 1546, 1559, 1595, 1636, and 1644. It has failed to do so.
17-01-2006
Rustom Ghazali, Syria’s intelligence chief in Lebanon at the time of the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, was questioned in Vienna on January 16 as a suspect in the killing.
17-01-2006
Guards from the base of the Palestinian militia group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), whose headquarters are in Damascus, shot two Lebanese municipal policemen on January 9 south of Beirut, wounding one seriously and sparking street protests against their presence.
17-01-2006
United States Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Cairo on January 16 for talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and other top officials focusing on Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons programme and Syria’s non-cooperation with the UN Hariri inquiry.
17-01-2006
Syria has agreed to demarcate its borders with Lebanon, including the Shebaa Farms, the disputed area of land that lies at the borders of Syria, Lebanon and Israel, according to unidentified high-ranking sources in Syria, Egypt and France, quoted in a report by satellite channel Al-Arabiyya on January 13.
17-01-2006
According to statements by exiled former Vice President, and key architect of the Ba’ath Party’s 42-year rule, Abdel-Halim Khaddam, over the past fortnight, Syria’s president ordered the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri having threatened him on a number of occasions and is heading a corrupted regime that should be overthrown and replaced with a democratic government.
17-01-2006
The following is text of the interview with Abdel-Halim Khaddam by Al-Arabiya in Paris, broadcast by Dubai-based news channel Al-Arabiya on 30 December; subheadings inserted editorially.

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