Syria calls on UN to act on foreign-charged terrorism

Syria calls on UN to act on foreign-charged terrorism
Thu May 29, 2014 09:10:57

Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, has once again called on the UN Security Council to act against UN member states supporting terrorism in the country.

In a statement at the UN Security Council session held for reports of heads of committees tasked with combating terrorism, al-Jaafari stressed the importance of compelling all member states to refrain from offering any form of support to terrorism according to the UNSC resolution No 1373 for the year 2001.

Syria has been combating numerous terrorist groups, with different nationalities from around the world, which have poured in the country and topple the government.

The militant groups, many of them sharing radical beliefs and linked with terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, rely on huge amounts of money sent by their international supporters.

Syria has long been calling on the UNSC, dominated by states supporting the war in Syria for bringing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad down, to act over widespread terrorist activity within its soil, but its attempts have never been responded.

Jaafari criticized UN indifference to the presence of terrorist extremist groups, saying that, “Syria has received no answer for the tens of letters sent to various committees on terrorism in Syria and on the possession of the armed terrorist groups which are active in Syria”.

He expressed concern that these groups are in possession of chemical weapons and footprints of several regional countries can easily be seen in their tracks.

Damascus has been cooperating with the UN, since August 2013, over elimination of its stockpile of chemical weapons on fears of them falling into the hands of extremist groups.

The Syrian government has provided UN with reports of chemical weapons having been used by foreign-backed militant groups, but the US and its allies have been accusing Damascus of using the deadly toxic weapons.

The unrest in Syria has already killed more than 150,000 people and displaced millions.


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