Syria strongly opposes nominating Israeli for vice-chair of the UN Special Commitee on Decolonization

UN Press Conference: Bashar Ja’afari and US Observers on the Syrian Presidential Elections

Syrian Forum by International Action Center

Jun 20, 2014
New York, (SANA)

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, stressed Syria’s strong rejection of nominating an Israeli person for vice-chair of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee by the Group of Western European and Other States.

In a statement during the Committee’s meeting, al-Jaafari said that Israeli is unqualified to hold a senior position in a committee that basically rejects the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories and condemns its arbitrary practices against the Arab population under the Israeli occupation.

Al-Jaafari pointed out that the vote’s outcome proved that Israel was “unqualified” to hold the post, thanking the countries which voted against this nomination.

The Israeli candidate received 74 votes out of 193 as 34 delegation were absent and 83 delegations expressed their rejection of this nomination through handing white papers or papers written on them “Palestine” making the result of the vote in favor of the Israeli candidate equal to 38% out of the total number of the UN General Assembly votes.

Al-Jaafari added that Israel’s goal was to obstruct the committees work in order to serve its own agenda and criminal practices in the occupied territories.

Al-Jaafari: Presidential elections evidence of Syrians’ determination to confront conspiracy

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, reiterated that the pluralistic experience witnessed in Syria during the presidential elections which took place on June 3rd, 2014 is clear evidence of the Syrian people’s determination to confront the aggression targeting Syria.

At another press conference with the US team which followed up the elections process in Syria, al-Jaafari asserted that the Syrians are resolved to go ahead with the process of reconstruction.

The US team stressed hailed the enthusiasm of the Syrians in expressing their rejection of all forms of hegemony on the Syrian decision.

Members of the team affirmed that the Syrians have proven time and time again that Syria’s future is decided by the Syrians only.

Yesterday, Dr. al-Jaafari a joint press conference with the U.S. team as he stressed that the elections took into account the international criteria and the principle of pluralism, which has not been witnessed since the 1960’s, pointing out that pluralism is considered according to the western standards as the main axis of democracy.

Judy Bello, a writer and antiwar activist from Upstate New York city talked about her participation in covering the presidential elections with the aim of getting deep knowledge about the impact of the war backed by the West on Syria, hailing the great response of the Syrians to the event.

She considered that the high turnout of voters inside and outside Syria has directed a strong message by the Syrian people to the world where they expressed their loyalty to their country and government, which is protecting them now.

For his part, Joe Losbaker, an antiwar activist from Chicago clarified that the Syrian people are inspired and they are steadfast in the face of war that has been caused by the USA and its allies. Meeting some Syrian students, Losbaker said he grasped their conviction that the Syrian people will rebuild their country all over again.

Paul Larudee, a former state consultant from north California, said that he covered the elections in Homs province, which has witnessed a high turnout, despite all threats and attacks launched by “the armed opposition”.

Jane Stillwater, a freelancer and war correspondent during the U.S. invasion to Iraq, said that she covered the elections in the southern province of Sweida, pointing out that there was a feeling of security enough for holding elections.

International Action Center activist Scott Williams said that he covered the elections in the country, visiting a number of polling centers in Sweida.

He described the elections as an expression of the free will of the Syrian people unlike the fake elections held in the region and in the west, adding that the high turnout of voters reached 73% and that proves how millions of Syrians want peace, democracy and sovereignty.