AL-Sharq al-Awsat: Moscow mediates between Damascus, Ankara over the border area
As for the Syrian issue, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported on Russia's tricks in Syria, inciting Turkey to launch attacks on northern and eastern Syria" Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced yesterday that Moscow is working to reach an agreement between Damascus and Ankara on the border area arrangements.
"Moscow is working to keep this file (the situation in the border region) in the interaction between the authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Republic of Turkey," Lavrov said during his participation in the Valdai Forum for Strategic Dialogue in Sochi. I also believe that the parties may agree on this, and we will contribute to this in every possible way.”
“The United States did not want Turkey to cooperate directly with the Syrian Arab Republic,” Lavrov told the forum yesterday. Washington wanted to control this issue and control the border as well, and during negotiations, it allowed the Turks to form a coalition of some military policemen and observers, which is not suitable for Turkey. "I understand the situation very well when a country that has absolutely nothing to do with this region, or the security problems on this border, is trying to impose its vision."
He expressed his conviction that «of course an agreement would be good, but that must be based on full respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, and this was not Washington's principled position, nor was there any willingness to take into account the legitimate Turkish concerns, according to this Initial position. We have heard that President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan has long warned that he cannot wait forever, without solving the problem, so if there is no agreement with the Americans according to those principles within a few weeks, he has the right to solve this problem from Without them ».
Al-Arab: United Nations adheres to the Constitutional Committee to resolve the Syrian crisis
Regarding the Syrian constitution, Al-Arab newspaper said," The UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pederson, adheres on Wednesday at a press conference held at the United Nations Headquarters, to confirm the Constitutional Committee announced by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, which includes representatives from all sects of Syrian society.
“We have tried to ensure that all parties in Syrian society are represented in the Constitutional Committee, including ethnic, religious, grouping, and different political orientations, without interference from politicians,” Pederson said. I can say that we have reached a special representative body for Syria, and stressed that "the constitution will help to build confidence, and may represent a path leading to the political process."
Hundreds of people demonstrated in the predominantly Kurdish city of Qamishlo in northeastern Syria, condemning the “exclusion” of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration from the membership of the Constitutional Committee recently formed by the United Nations as part of its efforts.
The opposition and civil society lists the names of Kurdish figures, but they do not represent the Autonomous Administration that rule areas in northern and northeastern Syria under the control of Kurdish and Arab factions, estimated at about 30 percent of Syria.
The demonstrators gathered in front of the UN headquarters in Qamishlo and held banners in Kurdish, Arabic and Syriac languages, one of which was written the slogan "Constitution we do not participate in, we will not abide by", and the slogan "We have the right to participate in the drafting of the Constitution."
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Iraqis' anger is expanding
As for the Iraqi issue, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said, "The Iraqi protests expanded to more than 10 provinces, and the confrontations took a more violent nature, which led to the death toll of nine people and wounded to more than 300 after the killing of five protesters and a policeman in the province of Dhi Qar, evening. yesterday".
Massive demonstrations have launched from Baghdad's slums, with slogans demanding accountability for the corrupt and fighting unemployment, and another against the influence of Iran, whose militias have been accused of violence against protesters.
The authorities announced a curfew in the cities of Nasiriyah, Amara and Hilla, while anti-terrorism forces fired live bullets to prevent demonstrators who tried to storm the Baghdad airport, yesterday evening. Yesterday, authorities blocked some social media platforms and cut off Internet services in some areas, hoping to contain the protests.
Iraqi President Barham Saleh called for "restraint," stressing that "peaceful demonstration is a constitutional right," while the National Security Council, chaired by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, held an emergency session, the details of which were not announced.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights that the security forces «used excessive force and live bullets and tear gas and hot water and beatings with batons». It formed a "crisis cell to monitor freedom of opinion and expression and protect demonstrators." called on the nations.