Al-Jaafari Calls for Holding Turkish Regime Accountable for Shelling Syrian Territory

17 February، 2016
New York, SANA

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Bashar Al-Jaafari called for holding the Turkish regime accountable for shelling Syrian territories, affirming that “Turkey tries to push all sides to escalate the situation in Syria.”

“The hostile acts of Ankara made, even, the countries which were supporting Turkey to express concern over its policy,” Al-Jaafari said in press statements following the Security Council session held on Tuesday upon Russia’s request to discuss the Turkish shelling of the Syrian lands.

He added that “All member countries of the Security Council asserted during the meeting their commitment to the agreements reached by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) in Munich last week.”

Al-Jaafari affirmed “the complicity of Turkey with Qatar and Saudi Arabia against Syria and its allies,” pointing out that “terrorism-supporting countries are suffering from hysterical bout due to the Syrian Army’s progress on all fronts.”

“Turkey has allowed terrorists to transfer the deadly Sarin gas to the Syrian territories, al- Jaafari clarified.

He continued to say that terrorism-supporting countries don’t hesitate in using any means to defame the Syrian government and its allies, highlighting in this regard what was raised on shelling a hospital in Syria for ‘Doctors without Borders’ organization which is a branch of the French intelligence.

“The alleged hospital was established in Syria without any prior consultation with the Syrian government” al-Jaafari said, adding “the cadres of the organization realized after the shelling the consequences of the acts practiced without of Damascus permission.”

The Syrian Ambassador to the UN said the Syrian government is coordinating with its Iraqi counterpart as “our victory over ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra and their affiliates will be a victory for both the Syrian and Iraqi peoples.”

Asked about whether he is optimistic about the possibility that a ceasefire could be enforced by the end of this week as was announced in Munich meeting, al-Jaafari stressed that a ceasefire would take more time.

“Those who met in Munich should be practical. Who can guarantee that the terrorists will stop and respect the purported ceasefire?” he said.

“Instead,” he added, “they should exercise serious pressure on the Turkish, Saudi and Qatari regimes, and others like the French and the British, to stop their support to terrorism and comply with the Security Council’s resolutions 2170, 2178, 2199 and 2253.”

During the session, the Security Council demanded that Turkey respect the international law and expressed its concern over the Turkish artillery shelling of Syrian territory, falling however short of condemning the Turkish attack.

For his part, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov said Moscow presented to the Council’s member states facts proving Turkey’s violation of the international resolutions and called on them to exercise influence on Ankara in order to put an end its “unacceptable acts” in Syria.

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SC President, Rafael Dario Ramirez Carreño (Venezuela) on Yemen and Syria – Security Council Media Stakeout (16 February 2016)
Dr. Al Jafaari’s statements begin at 20:19 minutes.


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