Al-Jaafari : Terrorism, Sanctions Behind Paralysis of Economic Life in Syria

16 September، 2015
New York, SANA

Syria’s permanent envoy to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said on Wednesday that terrorism and unilateral, coercive measures imposed on the Syrian people are the main reasons behind the paralysis in the economic life and destruction of infrastructure and the departure of large numbers of Syrians from their country.

“The tragedy of the Syrians is a big one, but, unfortunately, the UN Security Council didn’t touch the real reasons behind the departure of different spectrum of the Syrian people from their country, mainly, terrorism and the unilateral economic sanctions which paralyzed the economic life, stopped job opportunities and increased unemployment,” al-Jaafari said at a UN Security Council session on the state in the Middle East to discuss UN Secretary General report about implementing resolutions 2139, 2165 and 2191 regarding the humanitarian situation in Syria.

He referred to armed terrorist groups, like the so-called “Jaish al-Fatah” in northern Syria, financed by Turkey and Qatar, and “Jaish al-Islam” in Damascus suburbs, in addition to other terrorist organizations which launch thousands of shells everyday on the Syrian people and kill hundreds of innocents.

Al-Jaafari expressed regret that the UN Secretary General didn’t name, in his report, the said groups as terrorist groups, but he called them “armed groups from other countries”, describing it as “neutral expression” which doesn’t accord with the rules of Security Council resolutions related to combating terrorism.

He added that the third reason behind the humanitarian crisis in Syria is the flow of this huge number of terrorists and mercenaries from all over the world, saying that these terrorists come from 100 member states, estimating their numbers with tens of thousands which destroy the Syrian and Iraq ruins, kill and capture women and sell oil and gas through Turkish mediators.

Al-Jaafari affirmed that he had sent a group of letters to President of Security Council; these letters were the response of the Syrian government to the 19th report of UN Chief on implementing resolutions No. 2139, 2165 and 2191 in addition to other letters about the numbers of victims who died in Damascus and Aleppo due to the shells launched by “the armed groups from other countries” as mentioned in the UN Chief’s report.

“The Syrian government is a legitimate government whose national duty is to protect its citizens, apply constitution and combat terrorism, but it can’t do so alone, it needs your support and understanding of the volume of the terrorism danger in Syria and Iraq,” al-Jaafari said.

He added “we don’t want our people to migrate and leave the country, we want them back, but you have to stop terrorism, stop its support, the economic embargo and stop the Saudi, Turkish, Qatari and Jordanian interference in Syria’s domestic affairs.”


Syria demands firm line against terrorist organizations
16 September، 2015
Damascus, SANA

Syria reiterated commitment to continue fighting terrorists as part of its duties to protect the Syrian citizens, calling on the UN Security Council to take deterrent measures against terrorist organizations and the countries backing them.

This came in two letters the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry addressed to the UN chief and President of the United Nations Security Council complaining about deadly attacks that rocked Aleppo city on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, terrorist organizations fired rocket shells against residential neighborhoods in Aleppo, killing 31 civilians, among them 13 children, 3 women and 15 elderly men and wounding over 135 others.

The ministry said the crime was committed by groups that the West likes to dub as moderate, highlighting the misery of Aleppo city whose locals are subject to killing, starvation and thirst by terrorist organizations denying them access to foodstuffs and water.

“As it vows to continue to carry out its constitutional duties to protect its citizens, the Syrian government calls on the UN to condemn this new crime and to back its efforts to eliminate the scourge of terrorism which threatens the entire region and the world,” the letters added.

The ministry said Syria demands immediate measures by the UN Security Council against terrorist organizations and the countries and states supporting them away from double standards.

Concluding the letters, the ministry said it is important that the United Nations embark on implementing a comprehensive anti-terrorism project in line with the international law and the UN Charter that shuns any explanations or interpretations that some countries-including the United Kingdom, US, France, Austria and Belgium-have invoked recently to encroach upon the Charter.