Syria policies won't change ahead of Solana visit

Syria will not change its policies as demanded by some Western countries, a Syrian newspaper said Tuesday, hours ahead of a planned visit by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana. Solana, the most senior EU official to visit Syria in two years, is expected to arrive in Damascus Tuesday night as part of a three-nation tour that has also taken him to Lebanon and Saudi Arabia to discuss the Lebanese political crisis. An editorial Tuesday in the Syrian government-owned newspaper, Al-Thawra, demanded that other governments alter their policies, not Damascus. "Syria did not change its policies simply because they proved to be correct and do not need to be changed. The others should make the required change because they were wrong," an editorial in the government-owned Al-Thawra newspaper said.