Syria asks UN to act on 'Turkey’s support to terrorism’

Syria asks UN to act on 'Turkey’s support to terrorism’
Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:00:39

Syria has sent a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to complain about Turkey’s support to the radical groups infiltrating Syria trough Turkish borders.

The letter was submitted by Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari, according to the official SANA news agency, in which the Syrian government criticized continued “Turkey’s role in supporting terrorism in the region”.

The letters pointed to the recent clashes along Turkey borders with Syria in which the Syrian army defeated militant from several radical groups, including al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front, following weeks of heavy fighting. 

“armed terrorist groups – most of their members affiliated with the terrorist organizations Jabhat al-Nusra and Jaish al-Islam – snuck across Turkish territories on Friday and attacked the Syrian side of the border crossing in the area of Kasab in Lattakia’s northern countryside, and when Syrian Arab Army units repelled this attack, the Turkish army covered this terrorist attack and provided logistic and military support for them,” al-Jafari wrote in his letter.

He added, the event “shows the continuation of Turkey’s role in supporting terrorism in the region, proving that it provides military support to Al Qaeda and affiliated organizations regardless of the names they operate under, in addition to constituting a violation of international law, the UN charter, and the basis of friendly and good neighbor relations among countries.”

Syria’s permanent representative said the Turkish authorities allowed thousands of foreign terrorists, extremists and mercenaries from across the world to enter Syria.

The Turkish government, he said, provided the anti-Syria armed groups with funds, weapons and other forms of support, which is “blatant violation of international agreements on counter-terrorism”.

Al-Jaafari said that Syrian government asks the Security Council to condemn recent terrorist attack on Syrian territories, originated from Turkish territories, condemn the Turkish involvement, and force their authorities to refrain from providing any sort of explicit or implicit support for terrorist activities in Syria.

Syria sank into war in March 2011 when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.


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