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Foreign Ministry spokesman: Conclusions of European Foreign Ministers on Syria are incorrect and expresses hostility against the Syrian people

An official spokesman of the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that the European Foreign Ministers adopted a group of conclusions on Syria, at their final meeting in Luxemburg on October 21st, 2013, showing the EU continued policy in adopting incorrect approach towards the events in Syria, based on full ignorance of what is going on in the country which expresses hostility against the Syrian people.

“The EU has adopted destructive polices against Syria, based on supporting the terrorist groups which shed the Syrians’ blood and increase their suffering through taking illegitimate sanctions that negatively impact their livelihood,” the spokesman added in a statement on Wednesday.

“The content of the EU foreign ministers’ statement includes shy reference to the increasing number of foreign extremist sides in the fighting in Syria which requires the EU states to take clear stances in condemning terrorism and adopt suitable measures to halt the flow of the terrorists, particularly from the citizens of the EU countries, into Syria,” the spokesman said.

The statement referred to the hypocrisy of the EU Ministers when they talked about the decision of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the UN Security Council resolution 2118, turning a blind eye to the complete cooperation Syria has shown with the international experts, For which the UN Secretary General and the director of OPCW have appreciated.

“Those states have forgotten that Israel didn’t join yet any treaty that aims to ban the proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction, saying nothing about foiling the international efforts to hold an international conference to declare the Middle East a region free of WMD,” the Spokesman said.

The statement added that Syria has repeatedly affirmed commitment to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria, based on dialogue among the Syrians, respect their sovereignty without any foreign intervention.

“Syria also underlined readiness to attend Geneva conference and make it a success without preconditions or any foreign intervention… Syria stresses that the Syrian people are the only ones who select their leadership, draw Syria’s present and future,” the Foreign Ministry said.

It added that the Syrian government, which spares no effort to provide the basic needs for its citizens, points out to the political, moral responsibility assumed by the EU and its member states in escalating the humanitarian conditions in Syria due to the unilateral sanctions and the support offered by some EU states to terrorism in Syria, affirming that improving the humanitarian conditions in Syria requires the beginning in lifting the EU sanctions without preconditions instead of giving weapon and money to the terrorist groups.

The spokesman said that the Syrians are determined to combat terrorism, restore security and stability to the country.

Syria: Terrorist groups continue to target residential areas in Damascus

The armed terrorist groups continue to target with indiscriminate mortar attacks the residential areas and civil institutions in Damascus and its environs, the Foreign and Expatriates ministry said.

In two identical letters addressed to the UN Secretary General and President of the United Nations Security Council, the ministry said Jaramana city in Damascus countryside came, on October 22, 2013, under an attack by random mortar shells that left 6 citizens dead and 40 injured, among them 15 students, some critically.

“The armed terrorist groups with extremist indoctrination committed an atrocity in Hama city on October 20, 2013, killing 37 citizens, among them two children and a number of university students and leaving scores injured when a terrorist driving a truck loaded with 1.5 tons of explosives bomb blew himself up near the Agricultural Mechanization Company, at a time when the area was thronged with private and public cars,” the letters pointed out.

”Jabhat al-Nusra, one of al-Qaeda offshoots, claimed responsibility for the brutal attack,” the letters said.

Syria condemns the double-standard policies that some countries, including some UN Security council permanent member states , seek to embrace in the international approach to the counter-terrorism issue., the letters said.

The ministry noted that these policies have materialized in preventing the UN Security Council from condemning numerous terrorist crimes committed by al-Qaeda that left hundreds of civilians dead, as these countries continue to offer all kinds of logistical and military support to these groups under different pretexts.

It said that a continued disregard for these crimes in Syria and the support of some countries to terrorism is considered as a dangerous method that targets stability in Syria and poses a threat to the region’s stability.

“The UN charter assumes the responsibility of keeping international peace and security, so it has to guarantee the countries’ respect for their legal commitments,” the Ministry concluded.


SANA-Manal/Mazen – October 24, 2013

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