International Alliance’s Strikes in Syria Kill Civilians, Violate International Law

17 September، 2015
New York, SANA

The air strikes carried out by the international alliance against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria “ISIS” terrorist organization in Syria contradict with the international law and don’t affect the capability of the terrorist organization, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin said.

What our western partners are doing in Syria is considered a flagrant violation of the international law as they justify their steps by the Article 51 of the UN Charter on the right to self-defense, Churkin said in a press conference in New York Wednesday, adding that they carry out strikes in the territories of a sovereign country without the approval of its government.

Hailing Syrian government constructive cooperation with the experts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Churkin indicated that a Russian proposal for the formation of an international alliance for fighting ISIS terrorist organization will be deliberated in the framework of the UN General Assembly.

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It is impossible to defeat terrorism without cooperation with Syria
17 September، 2015
Moscow, SANA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday that turning a blind eye to the capabilities of the Syrian army in combating terrorism equals risking the region’s security for the sake of achieving Geo-political plans.
1“Those who combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization should unify efforts, including the Syrian and Iraqi armies, based on international law and through UN organizations,” Lavrov said in a press statement following a meeting with Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Sochi.

“There are no justifications to escape cooperation with the Syrian leadership who confronts the terrorist danger,” Lavrov added, affirming that the Syrian President is the higher leader of a land force which is the most effective and which confronts terrorism on land.

He reiterated that Moscow’s stance is still firm towards Syria where the Syrian people have the right only to determine their future and leadership through democratic mechanisms and elections, adding that the international community should work to have the democratic process and elections fair and transparent and under the supervision of unbiased organizations.

Meanwhile, The Russian Foreign Ministry called for unifying the international efforts through a unified front to combat ISIS, affirming that it is impossible to reach an outcome without the participation of Syria.

Spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, at a press conference, called on Washington to acknowledge the volume of danger represented by ISIS and the impossibility to fight this danger except by “a unified front.”

She said that her country’s policy is based on supporting Syria in combating terrorist originations, adding “the main goal to which Russia seeks in Syria is not supporting President Bashar al-Assad, but supporting Syria in its war against ISIS and other terrorist organizations.”

Zakharova reaffirmed the Russian military support to Syria, saying “we have never made it secret that we carry out and continue applying cooperation with Syria, including the military domain as the Syrian army is bearing the big burden in the war against terrorists.

Mazen

Foreign Ministry: British, Australian and French military measures against Syria violate UN Charter
17 September، 2015
Damascus, SANA

Syria dismissed the military measures which Britain, Australia and France have taken against it as being based on deliberate twisting of Article 51 of the UN Charter.

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry sent two letters to the UN Secretary General and the Security Council’s Chairman, criticizing the violation of the UN Charter and the Security Council’s resolutions no. 2170, 2178 and 2199 practiced by the three countries in taking these measures.

The letters made it clear that the decision to take such measures “grossly contravenes” the UN Charter and namely Article 51 which provides that “Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security.”

They showed that Britain, Australia and France tended to take military measures against Syria under the claims that they were meeting Iraq’s demand and supporting its collective self-defense efforts.

The letters expressed the Syrian government’s wonder how countries, some of which are UN permanent members, would dare misinterpret the UN Charter into distorting the meaning of Article 51 in a way that could lead to spreading chaos and wars in the world.

The Foreign Ministry affirmed that any armed presence of any country on the Syrian land or in its sea or air space practiced without the Syrian government’s approval under the pretext of fighting terrorism would be a violation of Syria’s sovereignty.

Combating terrorism on the ground, it said, requires cooperation and close coordination with the Syrian government to implement the Security Council’s relevant counterterrorism resolutions, especially that the Syrian Arab Army has been for more than four years undauntedly confronting terrorism and the terrorist groups like ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, acting upon its constitutional duties and under the government’s commission.

It added that what the Syrian army has achieved in its fight against those and other terrorist organizations “belies the ridiculous and false remarks” that particularly came in Australia’s letter, referring also to the failure of the US-led international coalition that “has until now yielded nothing tangible” in the war against these organizations, but rather allowed ISIS and its affiliates to grow and spread freely.

The British, Australian and French governments, the letters said, should rather stop sending terrorists and extremists to Syria and providing logistic and media support to them if they really want to fight terrorism.

H. Said

Unifying counter-terrorism efforts on the basis of international law
17 September، 2015
Moscow, SANA

Russia reiterated its call for unifying efforts in combating terrorism on the basis of international law and under the supervision of the UN Security Council, describing the “achievements” of international coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as “humble”.

Russian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement quoted by Russia Today website on Wednesday that a number of countries involved in the US-led anti-terrorism coalition are still financing and arming “armed opposition” which is fighting against Syrian Arab Army, the main force in the fight against ISIS.

The ministry pointed out that the international coalition had been established without endorsement by the UN Security Council, noting that contrary to the situation in Iraq where the coalition is working at a request of the Iraqi government, there is no such coordination with the legal authorities in Syria in a way that circumvents the UN Security Council resolutions.

“The coalition has launched more than 5000 airstrikes and destroyed 7655 targets in addition to a number of special operations, all of which have failed to curb the spread of terrorists,” the statement said, noting a mounting resentment among the locals due to the coalitions’ raids and the mounting civilian death toll.

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