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Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban
Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban

Shaaban: U.S. Ambassador Visit to Hama at Time of Trying to Solve the Problem Is an Attempt to Prevent Solution

(Dp-news)

DAMASCUS- "The U.S. Ambassador didn't ask for permission to visit Hama," said Dr. Shaaban in a statement to the BBC Arabic channel on Friday.

Presidential Political and Media Advisor Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban said there is great protest and resentment among the Syrian people over the U.S. State Department's statement on Friday about the presence of the U.S. Ambassador in Hama and his intention to stay in it till Friday.

"This is considered an escalation on the part of the U.S. Ambassador. Never before an ambassador visited a city with a problem like the case of Hama without permission," stated Dr. Shaaban, wondering at the statement issued by the U.S. State Department which announced the Ambassador's presence in Hama and said he intends to stay till today.



The Presidential Advisor said "What is most important than all of this is that the U.S. Ambassador arrived at the moment when a meeting is prepared between the residents, mosque imams and the civil authorities in the city aimed at finding a solution to the problem. This means that his arrival is an attempt to prevent solving the problem."

She wondered how the Ambassador was able to reach areas the roads leading to which were blocked by saboteurs, rioters and gunmen. "By whose help was he able to reach al-Sreijeh Mosque without being encountered by any of the gunmen in the streets who have blocked employees in Hama from reaching their jobs for the fourth day in a row."

Dr. Shaaban made it clear that the U.S. Ambassador had not asked for a permission to visit Hama, noting that the U.S. Embassy had asked such permission for the U.S. Military Attaché to go to Hama, which wasn't granted.

"Syria doesn't want to cut the thinnest thread with the U.S. Administration, but there is great protest and resentment among the Syrian people about the U.S. State Department's statement that the Ambassador is in Hama and intends to stay till Friday on the eve of the national dialogue due to be held among all spectrums of the Syrian society…this gives us a message that the US says 'No' to dialogue," said Dr. Shaaban.

She pointed out that if the US wants the democratic and reform track in Syria, then why it has not voiced its support to the dialogue which has resulted from this track.

"There are enough national opposition members from all the spectrums who will attend this dialogue. But we haven't heard one word from the West that encourages dialogue among the Syrian people," Dr. Shaaban added.

Answering a question on U.S involvement in the events in Syria, Dr. Shaaban said "This has become quite clear. The U.S. Ambassador's presence in Hama and in areas where no Syrian citizen can access unless he is with the gunmen is evidence on that."

She pointed out that Syria is keeping its handling of the riot acts at a minimum, asking "what happens if in any Western city gunmen set up roadblocks and block employees from accessing their offices? In this case, what happens is that the city will be bombed by aircrafts and the issue will be tackled with bulldozers."

"We tell the West that the measures the Syrian government is taking against the gunmen, saboteurs and rioters and those who back them are the minimum…the Syrians are demanding much more in order to put an end to this abnormal situation in Syria," said Dr. Shaaban.

Replying to a question on whether the security solution will continue in dealing with the events and demonstrations in Syria, Dr. Shaaban wondered about those who are behind this, asking "Who killed more than 500 officers and members of the army and the Syrian intelligence?...the West refuses to admit there are gunmen who are killing people and it hasn't condemned that."

The Presidential Advisor said that Syria has condemned all forms of killing, wondering "Who of the West have condemned the killing of our officers?…Who of the Syrian opposition have condemned that too?…No country in the world tolerates vandalism and chaos."

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Nice 'News' Website
James Sotero            7/10/2011 1:15:09 AM
I am impressed that this website allows comments on this topic. It shows that the people of Syria are truly free to speak their minds regarding the current situation.
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Patriotic Syria and Leadership
Patriotic Syria            7/8/2011 10:25:16 PM
Dr. Shaaban, you’re wondering why “the West hasn’t encouraged dialogue among the Syrian people?! “ Come on, this very obvious. This is not in their best interest because dialogue means finding a peaceful solution, but the West doesn’t want that! All what they want is dividing Syria just as they did with Iraq to weaken it and accept Israel’s demands to give up its occupied land (the Golan Heights). Furthermore, why would the West condemn the savage killers, who are killing the Syrian people and members of the Syrian army, when they’re the ones who armed them, financed them, and embedded them into the country to destabilize it and break it down? However, Syria with its current leadership –God blesses them- will never kneel down to the West and to their demands. Syria is and will always be free, patriotic country.
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