The National Leadership of the ruling Ba'ath party decided on Sunday to expel Former Vice President Abdulhalim Khaddam, considering him as a "traitor" to the party and Syria and saying he has deviated from the "party principles, values and struggle traditions."
In a statement to the leadership commenting on Khaddam’s recent interview to the Arab satellite channel al-Arabiya, the national leadership depicted him as the “joiner to the chorus of those hostile to Syria,” pointing out that he is tied by that to the U.S. - Israeli scheme to hit Syria’s steadfastness.
“At this time, Abdul Halim Khaddam went out via Al-Arabiya channel to join the anti-Syria chorus which found in him their aspired goal to recruit him in order to use his services to their hostile schemes to his homeland and Syria's proud people. Kahddam embodied by that his flagrant and clear joining to the U.S. Israeli scheme that aims at striking Syria’s steadfastness and foiling its pan-Arab role as well preventing hostile schemes of hegemony and serving the Israeli interests that are to impose control on the region,” the statement said, according to SANA.
The statement added Kahddam has chosen to unveil his true face regarding his party and his homeland Syria when he found himself outside the authority and responsibility in the party and the state. Kahddam has left Syria several months ago and has been staying in Paris.
“This comes after he has become a hinder and an obstructer to the reform and modernization process. This is what his practices in the party and power have shown at the 10th regional congress of the party that were condemned and rejected by the conference,” the statement noted.
It added that he had chosen to take a treason step by which he made false accusations and sayings against Syria to make a “paid cheap service” to those who recruited him and to their forces to accuse Syria of Lebanon's ex-premier Rafic Hariri killing.
The statement said this was but a desperate bid from Khaddam to salvage the two reports of Detlev Mehils and gave them a boost as to escalate pressures on Syria by making a false and fabricated testimony against his country and its proud Arab people “who are quitted from this defector and deserter.”
The statement stressed that Kahddam has uncovered falseness and opportunism of his belonging to the Ba'ath after he made use of it over four decades. It shouldered him responsibility for the big side of accumulated faults in Lebanon due to his behavior and stances that often were personal faults and deviations that he is now trying to deny.
“Kahddam has betrayed his homeland and nation and his fabrications and false accusations came as a clear and flagrant denial to national and pan-Arab values consolidated in life of the Syrian Arab people who reject and deny those and their null claims as well what they constitute of mines in the country body,” it added.
The statement noted the Syrian people’s anger and denunciation of Khaddam’s false accusations of keening on democracy and eradicating poverty saying the people know well that he is one of the main symbol of corruption.
The national Ba'ath leadership said the party would remain faithful to its principals and aims as it will be committed to Syria’s national principals and will constitute a defender of Syria’s rights and pan-Arab interests.
“Renegades and degraded persons will not pose an obstacle on the struggle road to continue the party process as to reach at its aims. History, nation and people will not be merciful with those who soled out the trust,” it concluded.