17 October، 2018
New York, Sand Arabic
Translation by Internationalist 360°
Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, confirmed that the illegal international coalition has committed a new crime against the Syrians by bombing a hybrid city in Deir al-Zour province with white phosphorus bombs banned internationally.
Jaafari said during a meeting of the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East:
The international coalition is fighting everything in Syria but terrorism and its practices prove that its objectives are consistent with the objectives of terrorist groups in spreading chaos, killing and destruction as well as continued support for Da’esh.
Jaafari said that the Security Council called for an immediate investigation of the crimes of the international coalition and to prevent recurrence and end the aggressive presence of the US and other foreign forces illegally located on Syrian territory.
Al-Jaafari pointed out that the countries that support terrorism exploit the UN platforms with every progress made by the Syrian Arab Army against terrorist groups in order to exert blackmail and political pressure on Syria to block this progress.
Al-Jaafari said the countries supporting terrorism in Syria have collapsed to find an illegal gathering under the name of the “mini-group” to block the results of Astana and the outcomes of Sochi and disrupt the political process.
Al-Jaafari stressed that Syria does not recognize any roadmap that does not participate in these talks (Sochi and Astana) and the United Nations can not be part of hostile political groupings. He said,
How can the mini-group, which includes member states that finance, train and sponsor terrorism in Syria, after aggression, suddenly claim concern for the lives of the Syrians?
We want the Security Council to adopt a clear position rejecting the foreign military presence on Syrian soil. Syria is renewing its readiness to respond to initiatives that could help end the crisis, provided that these initiatives preserve their sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
Jaafari said that the Syrian government had been engaged positively and openly in the Geneva talks, the Astana track and the Sochi conference, but the obstruction was always coming from other parties that refused to negotiate and bet on terrorism and foreign intervention.
Al-Jaafari said that he framework of the committee to discuss the constitution and its mandate is limited to discussing the articles of the current constitution so that this process is led by Syria and that the special envoy respects his mandate as facilitator of the work of the committee.
Al-Jaafari said that the constitution and everything related to it is a Syrian-Syrian affair decided by the Syrians themselves and Syria will not accept any ideas that constitute interference in its internal affairs.
Al-Jaafari stressed that the Sochi agreement on the time frame, the province of Idlib, as any region in Syria, will inevitably return to the sovereignty of the Syrian state.
Al-Jaafari stressed that achieving sustainable stability in Syria necessitates the withdrawal of all foreign forces that are illegally present on Syrian soil, including the Turkish, American, British, French and Israeli forces, which we regard as all occupying forces.
Al-Jaafari: Idleb will inevitably return and very soon to sovereignty of the Syrian state
17 October، 2018
New York, SANA
Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, med that Syria will not accept any idea which would be an intervention in its internal affairs, noting that the Constitution and the issues related to it, is a Syrian affair that is decided by the Syrians themselves.
Al-Jaafari, at a UN Security Council’s session on the status in the Middle East, added that Syria is ready to positively respond to all initiatives that may help the Syrians end the crisis only if these initiatives maintain national principles which provide for preserving Syria’s sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and the unity of its people and that the Syrian people alone have the right to determine the future of their country without any foreign intervention.
He went on to say that the Syrian government was positive and open during its participation in Geneva talks, Astana track and the Intra-Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi, meanwhile other sides attempted to prevent any future progress, refused to dialogue and bet on terrorism and foreign intervention.
Al-Jaafari added that Syria has dealt positively with the outcomes of Sochi Congress, particularly in terms of forming a committee to discuss current Constitution and presented a practical and integrated vision on how to form this committee and identify its mandate and work mechanism, furthermore, it submitted its list of delegates who will take part in the constitutional committee.
He renewed Syria’s readiness to cooperate with friendly states to help the committee start its mission.
“Proceeding from its keenness not to shed blood, Syria has welcomed the Sochi agreement on Idleb signed on the 17th of September which came as a result of intensive consultations and coordination between Syria and Russia and expressed its hope that the agreement will be successfully implemented, especially those terms related to the Turkish regime and its commitment to fulfill its obligations as provided in the agreement, he said.
“Idleb, as any Syrian territory, will inevitably return and very soon to the sovereignty of the Syrian state,” added al-Jaafari, wondering if the UNSC member states know that Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization refused compliance with Sochi agreement on Idleb or do they know about disputes among Jabhat al-Nusra leaders as some of them want to continue the blood shedding?
He noted that any political blocs or military alliances formed without requesting the Syrian government to be part of are suspected and do not serve the interests of Syrian people, rather they defy the Syrian state and encourage to support terrorism under political cover-up, adding that such formations will not help make any progress in the political process.
Al-Jaafari said that there are US, British, French and Turkish troops whose presence on the Syrian territory are illegitimate and they are engaged in the so-called “Mini Group on Syria”, asking how will these states help Syria, meanwhile they are occupying part of its territories?
He called on the UN Security Council to take a clear stance and reject the presence of foreign troops; moreover, the UNSC should call for halting all kinds of support, sponsorship and funds for terrorism.
“Syria has never interfered in the internal affairs of any UNSC member state, rather it has always been keen on respecting the UN’s Charter and principles of the international law,” said al-Jaafari, adding “Syria, today, is demonstrating its keenness on foiling all provocation and escalation attempts which mainly target the country’s relations with Arab, regional and international sides and that obviously shown in the re-opening of Nassib border crossing with Jordan and efforts exerted to open border crossings with Iraq very soon.
He underlined that the achievements made by Syria and its allies in their war against terrorism should be taken into consideration in any debate about the situation in Syria, adding “it would be better if the states which support terrorism reconsider their positions before it is too late and join real international work to stop investing in this terrorist war since supporting and investing in terrorism pose short-term and long-term threats to the international peace and security in the region and the whole world.
Al-Jaafari stressed Syria’s unremitting endeavor to reach a Syrian-Syrian political solution through which the Syrians alone decide their future without ant foreign intervention and in a way that guarantees Syria’s sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and safety.
“Based on its respect for the UN’s role in facilitating dialogue among the Syrians, the Syrian government has invited the UN Special Envoy to visit Syria in the next few days and hold discussions on issues related to his mission,” al-Jaafari said.
Commenting on the Saudi Regime representative’s statement, al-Jaafari said that the Saudi ambassador talked about his country and regime’s will to help the Syrian people ignoring the fact that the Saudi regime is the one responsible for spreading takfiri Wahhabi terrorism in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Southeast Asia.
Al-Jaafari said the illegal International Coalition committed a new crime against the Syrians by bombing Hajin city in Deir Ezzor province with internationally-banned white phosphorous, causing the martyrdom and injury of scores.
“The International Coalition is fighting everything in Syria except for terrorism. Its practices prove that its goals and those of terrorist organizations are one and the same: spreading chaos, death and destruction, not to mention its continued support for ISIS terrorist organization,” he said.
The UN Security Council, he added, is called on to conduct a prompt investigation into the Coalition’s crimes, to act to prevent their recurrence and to end the hostile illegal presence of the US and other foreign troops on the Syrian territory, indicating that the countries backing terrorism are used to taking advantage of UN platforms every time the Syrian army makes an advance against terrorist organizations in an attempt to exercise political pressure and blackmail against Syria to hinder it.
“The countries backing terrorism in Syria have created an illegitimate grouping called ‘The Mini-Group on Syria’ to impede the outcomes of Astana and Sochi and obstruct the political process,” al-Jaafari added.
Al-Jaafari said Syria does not acknowledge any roadmap in which it is not involved, adding that the “UN should not be part of any hostile political groupings.”
“How can the ‘Mini Group’ entity-which have onboard member countries that financed, trained and sponsored terrorism in Syria and others which engaged in a direct aggression against it-be feigning care for the lives of the Syrian people?”, al-Jaafari said.