SENIOR UN OFFICIAL ACKNOWLEDGES FOREIGN-BACKED TERRORISTS BEHIND VIOLENCE IN SYRIA


A senior UN official has confirmed the presence of terrorist groups in violence-hit Syria.

The visiting UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous renounced any further militarization of the crisis as unacceptable.

The UN acknowledgement of the presence of terrorists in Syria comes as no surprise to Syrians. Damascus has blamed foreign-backed terrorist groups from the very beginning.

Press TV talks with George Jabour, president of the Syrian UN Association, to shed more light on the issue. Below is an approximate transcription f the interview.

Press TV: How significant is it that the UN peacekeeping chief has admitted to the presence of terrorists in Syria? Will that impact the way the Western and many Arab states approach the Syrian issue?

Jabour: This is a very important testimony by a high United Nations official that there are certain terrorist groups working in Syria and of course we know who finances those groups.

This is a very important indication that the Syrian crisis is perhaps about to be solved in the sense that when we know that there are such armed groups and we know who is arming them, then the issue would be clear with the regional states and the international powers that have relationship with those groups continue to support them after this testimony from a high United Nations official or they will not.

And if they continue, what the next results will be? Would the United Nations for instance take action against them? This is an important question. It is not posed that clear it till now but we will see what effects this testimony by the international statesmen who are visiting Syria will have.

I hope that it will be positive regarding the ending of the unrest in Syria.

Press TV: Even US officials have admitted that terrorists are on the ground in Syria, yet that has not yet changed the US stance on Syria, though the country is implementing reforms, has held elections and has been the target of various attacks. What does that say about US intentions then?

Jabour: The US intentions were not positive towards Syria from the very beginning but now we have an international statement of the place of the armed groups in Syria that they are active.

We have to recall that there is theory in the United States that war could be privatized. The privatization of war means the harboring of mercenaries.

The Security Council is not expected to take action but the matter might as well go to the United Nations General Assembly. There might be a resolution in this regard.

I am not in contact with the Syrian government in this regard but then I suppose that it is the duty to take the matter to the United Nations. The Security Council, as we know, will not act but then the United Nations General Assembly might as well act on this statement by the Secretary General of the United Nations.

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