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Syria’s UN Representative Bashar al-Jaafari:
“Some U.N. officials are responsible for supporting terrorists and hindering the reconciliations in Syria”

(New York) ~ Syria’s UN Representative Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that those behind shelling the humanitarian aid convoy of Aleppo are not the Syrian government but rather the terrorists and the Americans with their British and French allies.

Addressing reporters after a UN Security Council session on Thursday, al-Jaafari recalled that it was French warplanes that bombarded Manbej in Aleppo countryside, leaving 200 civilians dead, mostly women and children.

“Everyone should have now realized that it is the Syrian government that is fighting terrorism, and that it doesn’t shell civilians as those living in Syria are Syrian people,” he affirmed.

Neither does the Syrian government target humanitarian aid convoys “as those who did that are the terrorists and the Americans along with their British and French allies,” al-Jaafari added.

He made it clear that the matter is not that of establishing truce regimes in Aleppo for 48 hours or for a week because that is not the main issue.

“The main issue is how to end this terrorist war,” he said.

Al-Jaafari criticized the way international sides and officials, including the UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, deal with the situation in Syria being selective in placing blame on the Syrian government while turning a blind eye to the fact of the existence of ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and hundreds of other terrorist groups that have been created by the US’s allies of the Saudis, Qataris and Turks.

He went on saying that those sides and officials are keen to question the routes which the Syrian government has opened for civilians to depart from the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, while they ignore that it is the terrorists who have blocked access through these routes and are using civilians as human shields and holding them hostages.

The Syrian Ambassador cited those sides’ continued assaults on the Syrian government and sites in the Syrian territory, referring to the US-led international coalition’s most recent strikes that destroyed two bridges in Deir Ezzor that had been used for civilian purposes by hundreds of thousands of locals.

He also cited the coalition’s strikes against positions of the Syrian Arab Army in al-Tharda Mountain in Deir Ezzor, stressing that these acts affirm that the US administration’s policy towards Syria is not about delivering aid or fighting terrorism as they claim.

He continued by saying that the US has no political intention to separate between what it calls “moderate opposition” and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, as demanded by the Russians and Iranians within the International Syria Support Group.

He added that the US’s plan in Syria is to repeat “the worst scenarios” of what they have done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Nicaragua, citing a news report where a German journalist met a Jabhat al-Nusra leader who acknowledged that the terrorist organization has received heavy weaponry from Western countries.


In response to questions by the reporters, al-Jaafari said some UN officials are responsible for supporting the terrorists and for hindering the reconciliations in Syria, referring to a recent incident in al-Waer neighborhood in Homs where a member of the UN staff encouraged the gunmen to not drop and hand over their weapons.

The goal of many countries is to prolong the crisis so as to bring down the Syrian government and destroy the state and spread creative chaos, said al-Jaafari, reminding that the recent cessation of hostilities agreement was opposed by the Turkish, Qatari and Saudi governments, and that 20 major terrorist groups in Aleppo announced that they would not adhere to the agreement.

It was these very same terrorist groups that attacked the humanitarian aid convoy in Orum al-Kubra in Aleppo, he added.


Lack of cooperation between US and Russia
‘Best gift to ISIS’

The US’ refusal to cooperate with Russia would be a real “gift” to terrorists in Syria, on a par with its failure to separate “moderates” from jihadists and the recent airstrike against Syrian army, Moscow said in response to a barrage of criticism from Washington.


Foreign Ministry: “Terrorist organizations
only beneficiary of U.S.-led Coalition’s attacks”

Damascus ~ Foreign and Expatriates Ministry affirmed on Thursday that the destruction of two bridges on the Euphrates River by the US-led Coalition affirms that the method of this coalition is based on bombing and destroying the infrastructure and Syrian economic and social facilities, adding that terrorist organizations are that only beneficiary of the Coalition’s attacks.


Aircrafts of the US-led international Coalition launched strikes on two main bridges on the Euphrates River that resulted in the destruction of al-Asharah Bridge that links the river’s two banks in the eastern countryside of the province only few hours after destroying al-Mayadin Bridge. The destruction of the two bridges aims at disconnecting the areas located on both banks of the river.

In two letters addressed by the ministry to the UN Secretary-General and head of the Security Council on the destruction of two main bridges on the Euphrates River in the countryside of Deir Ezzor province, the ministry said that it comes as part of the continued attacks by the so-called US-led international coalition on the basic services’ facilities and infrastructure in the Syrian Arab Republic under the pretext “war against ISIS terrorist organization”.

The ministry pointed out in its letters that the US deliberate destruction of two bridges came within a series of attacks and after the US blatant aggression which led to killing and injuring tens of Syrian army’s personnel in Deir Ezzor on September 17.

In the letters, the ministry said that the government of the Syrian Arab Republic reaffirmed the illegality of the acts of the so-called US-led international coalition because it was established outside the framework of international law and contrary to the principles and purposes of the UN Charter and without prior coordination and full cooperation with the government of the Syrian Arab Republic.

The ministry added that the attempt to rely on Article no.51 of the Charter to justify the establishment of the Coalition represents a distorted interpretation of the provisions of the Charter and exploitation of its articles to achieve political goals by particular countries.

The ministry said that the only beneficiary of these criminal and aggressive acts is the extremist terrorist organizations, mainly ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, which seek to spread chaos and destruction in the Syrian Arab Republic, pointing out that the developments proved a lack of seriousness on the part of the United States and its allies in confronting those organizations.

The ministry concluded its letters by saying that the Syrian Arab Republic calls on the UN Security Council to condemn this aggression and to compel member states of the international coalition to stop the deliberate destruction of infrastructure in Syria and to respect international law and the UN resolutions related to the fight against terrorism.


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