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Syria’s Permanent Envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that time has come for the UN to move and punish the terrorist coalition of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel which seeks to destroy Syria and eliminate the Palestinian cause in order to achieve the so-called project of “Israel as a Jewish state”.

Addressing a Security Council session on “The Situation in the Middle East” on Tuesday, al-Jaafari demanded that action be taken against Israel over its continued occupation of the Arab territories in Palestine, the Syrian Golan and South Lebanon.

“For how long will we confine ourselves to holding meetings to release statements expressing concern, condemnation and rejection of the continued Israeli occupation,” said al-Jaafari, slamming the “irresponsible” political, military, economic and media support provided to Israel by some influential member states in the Security Council.

This support, he stressed, has emboldened Israel to never pay any attention to the UN resolutions and go to extremes in oppressing the Palestinian people and continuing to occupying the Arab lands, including the Golan.

Al-Jaafari shed light on those who pretend to be keen on the Syrian people’s rights but they become totally speechless when it comes to condemning the continuation of the Israeli occupation of Golan since 1967, “as if regaining Golan is not part of the Syrians’ rights.”

Syria’s UN Representative referred to the latest developments in the occupied Syrian Golan that pushed the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) to temporally evacuate some of its sites following attacks by terrorist groups, including Jabhat al-Nusra, according to UN reports.

These developments did not come by chance, al-Jaafari stressed, making clear that they were rather the outcome of “what we have always warned of” in terms of the support provided by some regimes, including Israel, to the al-Qaeda-linked armed terrorist groups in the Disengagement Zone, which the UNDOF monitors.

He dismissed as “unacceptable” and “incomprehensible” the continued ignoring of all the warnings and information which Syria have repeatedly presented to the UN about Israel’s support to the armed terrorist groups, its direct targeting of Syrian military sites in the framework of backing these groups and Syria’s demand of an official investigation into the involvement of the Qatari intelligence in abducting Filipino UNDOF peacekeepers.

Al-Jaafari said that the Syrian government stresses its firm stances in support of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and establishing their independent state with al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital, with ensuring the right of the Palestinians to return home.


United Nations Day Marked, al-Jaafari reiterates Syria’s support to Palestinian people

The United Nations Association of Syria held a symposium titled “Palestine in the League of Nations and the United Nations between 1922 and 2014: A General View” marking the UN Day which is marked on Oct. 24th.

In a speech delivered at the Arab Cultural Center in Abu Rummaneh in Damascus by the Association’s Secretary Saeed al-Halabi on his behalf, Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that the Palestinian cause will remain Syria’s central cause.

Al-Jaafari stressing Syria’s adherence to its right to restore the occupied Syrian Golan up to the line of June 4th 1967, as well as its rejection of Israeli procedures to change its national, geographic, and demographic features in flagrant violation of relevant UNSC resolution, particularly resolution no. 497.

He said that Syria reiterates its support to the Palestinian people’s legitimate and firm rights, especially the rights to return and self-determination, in addition to their right to establishing their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital and obtaining full UN membership.

He also noted that the so-called international community, represented by the UN, has failed to achieve comprehensive and just peace and force Israel to respect and comply with hundreds of the UN resolutions on ending the Israeli occupation and preventing it from committing crimes against the Palestinians and the Syrian people in the occupied Syrian Golan.

Syria’s Representative to the UN added that this failure is a disgrace to the UN and the countries which support Israel while at the same time boasting about international law, democracy, and human rights, the values which we highly respect and which turned to be worthless and neglected when it comes to the just Palestinian cause.

“The problem doesn’t lie in the UN Charter’s provisions; rather it is in the unwillingness of the powerful western countries to implement these provisions in a manner removed from their double standards,” he added.

Al-Jaafari said that the crisis in Syria has exposed the fragility of the UN structure and mechanisms, revealing that it is dominated by a number of states, which is mainly manifested in the impact of influential member states and the Arab Gulf petrodollars on making decisions, whether said decisions serve the achievement of international peace and security or not, in addition to revealing the contradiction between the performance of the UN General Secretariat and its Charter which is clearly shown in the reports and statements made by several UN senior officials who are supposed to protect the interest of the 193 member states instead of serving the interests and agendas of a group of influential states.

He pointed out that the crisis in Syria also exposed the unacceptable silence of the UN and its various bodies towards flagrant violations of international law and serious threats to international peace and security embodied in the policies of countries that support the terrorism targeting Syria which previously targeted other countries including Iraq and Libya.

For his part, member of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party’s regional leadership, Khalaf al-Miftah, stressed the UN’s key role and the importance of respecting its resolutions with the aim of achieving balance on the international level.

In turn, President of the United Nations Association of Syria, Dr. George Jabbour, underlined the suffering of the Palestinian people due to the Israeli occupation’s unjust practices before and after the foundation of the UN, pointing out that resistance is the only hope to achieve victory.

For her part, Shahinaz Fakoush said that the Palestinian people’s rights to return, independence, and self-determination cannot be abolished or waived, as they are sacrosanct according to the UN resolutions, indicating that these rights have been confirmed in more than 14 resolutions adopted by the majority of the UN General Assembly member states.


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