Terrorist War on Syria Uncovered How Fragile the International Law Is

MARGARITA, VENEZUELA, (ST)-Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari has stressed that the terrorist war imposed on Syria has distorted the noble meaning of diplomacy and uncovered how fragile the international law is.

Al-Jaafari made the remarks on Sunday during the 17th summit of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) currently held in Venezuela.

He said the cowardly American aggression against Syrian army positions in al-Tharda Mount area near Deir Ezzor airbase was a clear-cut evidence about the support of the United States and its allies for "ISIS" terrorist organization.

He expressed Syria's call on NAM member states to condemn this aggression and hold the United States accountable for the attack and to ask the American administration to apologize to the Syrian government for this horrible act and to promise not to repeat such attacks.

 He pointed out that achieving the common goal of eliminating terrorism and stopping the expansion of terrorist organizations like "ISIS , Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Qaeda"  and their affiliated groups necessitates unifying and coordinating all efforts.

Syrian government ready to cooperate with all efforts seeking political settlement

Al-Jaafari went on to say that the Syrian government has been open to all sincere initiatives and efforts aiming to help Syria get out of the crisis, stressing that today the government is also ready to cooperate with all efforts seeking political solution in which only the Syrians can decide their future through intra-Syrian dialogue led by the Syrians themselves and away from Arab, regional or international interference.

He affirmed that political solution should lead to eradicating terrorism and rebuilding what the terrorists and their supporters have destroyed. It should also preserve the Syrian state's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and restore security and stability to the Syrian people, he said.

Al-Jaafari pointed out that since its establishment, NAM was based on a number of principles that call among other things for peace, solidarity, justice and respect of the states' sovereignty and territorial integrity. He regretted that some NAM member states, especially the regimes of Saudi Arabia and Qatar have persisted over the past five years in violating these principles by disseminating terrorist takfiri thinking all over the world, by interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and by not respecting these countries sovereignty and territorial integrity, thereby violating the UN resolutions and the Security Council principles.

He affirmed that the unprecedented terrorist war imposed on Syria and in which tens of countries took part has distorted the noble meaning of diplomacy and uncovered how fragile the international law is and how weak the United Nations mechanisms are.

Stronger adherence to NAM principles urged

Al-Jaafari urged stronger adherence to the principles on the basis of which NAM was established and called for adopting  more effective role to stop the interventionist policies that serve the agenda's of the enemies.

The Syrian diplomat condemned the flagrant Turkish aggression on Syrian territories and called for an the immediate stopping of this aggression. He asserted that fighting ISIS can't be done through expelling ISIS and replacing it with other terrorist groups backed by the United States, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

He reiterated that the only viable way to combat terrorism is the implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions and the establishment of an honest international alliance within the framework of international legitimacy and with the participation of concerned countries, foremost of which are Syria and Iraq which are fighting terrorism on behalf of the entire world.  

Al-Jaafari said that five and a half years ago, Syria was one of safest and most stable countries, but this image was suddenly and dramatically changed after some Arab, regional and western countries adopted anti-Syria policies and media campaigns and conspired on the country by supporting terrorists and mercenaries from all over the world to kill and destroy in Syria.  

Hamda Mustafa