Damascus, 11/5/2015 (SANA) – Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad stressed that the sneaking of the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu into the Syrian territories purportedly to visit the new site of tomb of Suleyman Shah near the Syrian-Turkish borders is a violation of the international law and of countries’ sovereignty.
Last February, Turkish forces, aided by terrorists from the Islamic state in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have relocated the tomb in a Turkish military operation from Qara Qozaq on the Euphrates to the Syrian village of ” Ashma” which is sited 200 meters from the border with Turkey.
The tomb, which was originally located in an area controlled by ISIS, was spared the destruction done by the terror group to all mosques, churches and tombs in the area, which lends authenticity to charges that link the Turkish authorities to terrorist organizations in Syria.
Mikdad affirmed, in a phone call with al-Mayadeen TV Sunday night, that the Turkish government is completely involved in supporting terrorism and that the relations binding it with the terrorist organizations, on top of them “ISIS” and Jabhat al-Nusra, have become known to the whole world.
The Turkish flagrant transgression and attacks launched by the government of the Justice and Development Party against Syria’s sovereignty have become very clear, and what Davutoglu did is an act that violates the international law and the sovereignty of the countries, Mikdad said.
He indicated that this sneaking reflects the attempt of the government of the Justice and Development Party to cover the losses inflicted upon the terrorist organizations in different parts of Syria, whether in Jisr al-Shughour or in other areas, due to the heroic fighting of the Syrian Arab Army and the rapid collapse of those organizations which are backed by Turkey, adding that this act also proves Turkey’s full involvement in these events.
“A long time ago, we said that the story of Suleyman Shah tomb, which has been used as a pretext by the Turkish government, has become meaningless, and few months ago we sent a letter to the UN Security Council in which we said that if the Turkish government were truly keen on the historic value of the tomb, it would have moved it to the Turkish territories and it wouldn’t have left it in Syria, 200 meters away from the borders” Mikdad added.
Mikdad indicated that these exposed acts of the Turkish government show how much it is involved in violating the countries’ sovereignty and the international law, affirming that it will be held accountable for those acts.
He added ..the support provided by the government of the Justice and Development Party to terrorist organizations is an attempt to undermine Syria’s steadfastness, affirming that the Syrian Arab Army is fighting terrorism and will remain steadfast, and that the Turkish leadership will know that it couldn’t win or achieve any accomplishment on the Syrian territories because Syria is determined to preserve its sovereignty and to counter any interference in its internal affairs.
Mikdad pointed out that the Lebanese Army is working on combating terrorism inside the Lebanese territories to protect the Lebanese people and this is what the Lebanese resistance is doing, asserting that the Syrian Army is performing its role in countering terrorist organizations including Jabhat al-Nusra and others.
Iran Blasts Turkey’s Disrespect for Syria’s Sovereignty
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry warned that Turkey’s disrespect for Syria’s sovereignty could have dangerous repercussions for the region after Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu crossed the border with Syria without the permission and information of the Damascus government to visit to the tomb of Suleyman Shah.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran underlines the necessity for respecting countries’ sovereignty and sees this move as a dangerous step for the region which can make the situation more complicated,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Monday.
“Unfortunately, certain countries are miscalculating the trend of developments and conditions in the region,” she added.
Afkham stressed the necessity for all parties to avoid provocative moves, and said, “Respect for the international laws and countries’ sovereignty is a well-known principle and all states are necessitated to observe this rule.”
Syria’s official news agency SANA on Sunday denounced Turkey’s prime minister for making a cross-border trip to the historic tomb inside Syrian territory, calling the visit a “clear aggression”.
“Davutoglu’s infiltration into Syrian territory without the permission of the Syrian government constitutes a clear aggression against a sovereign UN member state and a violation of international law,” SANA said.
The visit came amid speculation that Turkey wants to launch ground incursion into Syria.
A potential Turkish intervention in Syria has been the subject of recent debate, but any such attempt seemingly lacked popular support and the Turkish government has so far denied news reports that it would take action.
Arab media sources revealed last week that Ankara had intensified attempts to unite different terrorist groups to coordinate their plots and actions against Damascus.
Al-Hayat daily reported that Turkey is endeavoring to gather the dissident and terrorist groups, including the so-called Ahrar al-Sham Movement and Jeish al-Islam, to unite them against the Syrian people and government.
This is while the so-called Filaq al-Sham terrorist group is due to emerge with Ahrara al-Sham Movement in the next few hours.
According to the report, Turkey’s move is in line with implementing its plot to gather 70,000 terrorists in the Northern and Central parts of Syria as well as the areas near Damascus.
Earlier media reports also said that Washington and Ankara would start training 15,000 armed men in the coming days to be sent to Syria under the guise of campaign against ISIL.
“Although the US and Turkey claim that they want to train the Syrian opposition fighters to fight the ISIL, they are actually going to be sent to the country to combat government forces and the army,” senior military analysts Mohamed al-Hasoun said.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu said that the US-led program will start on May 9, adding that the US and Turkey are still insisting on their stance that Syria should be run in the absence of Bashar Assad.
US officials have said they plan to train about 5,000 Syrian fighters a year for three years as part of a campaign against Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria, while US Vice-President Joe Biden said a few months ago that Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey that are the main US allies in the region are behind the creation of the terrorist groups, specially the ISIL, in the region.
Details on the training — due to take place in Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia — have been scant, although it had previously been planned to start this month.
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