New York, (SANA) – Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, stressed that combating terrorism which is targeting the Syrian citizens is a decisive issue for the success of any political peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria and for giving the political process credibility in the eyes of the Syrian people, calling on the Security Council to stand by the Syrian government in confronting the terrorism which has claimed the lives of thousands of Syrians.
During a hearing session of the Security Council, al-Jaafari added, “Similar to our call during Syria’s membership in the Security Council in 2003 to make the Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction, today we call for joint work to make the Middle East free of all forms of terrorism as a step towards the elimination of global terrorism.”
He noted that in spite of assembling efforts and issuing resolutions related to combating terrorism, the reality shows that terrorism has spread more and terrorists are now making use of new ways.
He said, “contrary to what some think that the terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda, are now weaker than before and that the world has become more secure after the killing of Usama Bin Laden, terrorism is still posing threats to the international peace and security.”
Al-Jaafari asserted that Syria’s delegation to the UN has labored from the beginning of the crisis in Syria to shed light on the increasing danger of terrorism which is targeting Syria, adding that the Syrian delegation has sent 259 official letters so far to the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council, 76 letters of them on terrorist activities linked to al-Qaeda and 9 letters were sent to head of the committee of resolution 1373 and 4 letters to the head of the committee of resolution 1540.
He noted that these letters drew the attention of the Security Council and its committees to the terrorist activities committed by the armed terrorist groups which are linked to al-Qaeda and whose majority is trans-boundary extremists who are engaged in proxy war on the Syrian soil.
Syria’s Permanent representative said, “Only yesterday, 40 Saudi mercenaries were killed by the Syrian army, and one of them is the son of the head of officers affairs department at the Saudi Royal Guard, and yesterday mortar shells were fired on a school in Damascus causing the death of tens of children…. And yesterday the terrorists killed eight doctors and ten nurses and many patients in Deir Attia Hospital in Damascus countryside.”
Al-Jaafari called on the Security Council to compel all member states to stopping provocations for terrorism and hatred pursuant to resolution No 1624 for the year 2005.
He also called for thwarting the attempts of the armed terrorist groups to get materials or weapons of mass destruction and use them as in the case of Khan al-Assal which took place on March 19th 2013 and in Damascus countryside on August 21st 2013.