Syria urges UN probe into audio leak of Turkey plot

Syria urges UN probe into audio leak of Turkey plot
Sat Mar 29, 2014 08:34:51

Syrian envoy has called on the United Nations to investigate a leaked file containing discussions by top Turkish authorities on how to fabricate an attack in order to justify a military operation against Damascus.

“I’d like to refer once again to this audio tape leak by the Turkish foreign minister and the deputy chief of staff of the Turkish army,” Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said on Friday, adding that the Turkish officials talked about  the attack by “sending a terrorist group inside the Syrian territory.”

“And then this group is supposed to launch eight missiles within the Turkish territory and it would be a justification for further Turkish aggression against Syria,” the Syrian envoy stated.

He also denounced some members of the UN Security Council and its secretariat for refusing to hear the truth about the situation in Syria, saying those countries themselves are “deeply involved” in “spreading terrorism” across the Arab country.

The audio file uploaded on YouTube is a recording of Turkey's intelligence chief Hakan Fidan, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Deputy Chief of Military Staff Yasar Guler, and other senior officials discussing the possible assault.

Ankara reacted to the anonymous posting by blocking users’ access to YouTube throughout Turkey, saying the leaking of the controversial recording had created “a national security issue”.

Davutoglu also condemned the leak on Thursday as a “declaration of war” against the Turkish government and nation, stressing, “A cyber-attack has been carried out against the Turkish Republic, our state and our valued nation.”

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier described the recording as "villainous".

The YouTube ban came a week after the government imposed a ban on Twitter, accusing the social networking website of violating Turkish laws.

Turkey has been facilitating al-Qaeda’s attack on the Kasab border crossing, the only crossing that was still held by the Syrian military. According to reports aired by different news networks, Turkey, together with some US-backed Arab states, has supported the spread of unrest and terrorism in Syria since 2011.


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