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Al-Jaafari: Syria Practicing Sovereign Right of Self-Defense by Fighting Terrorism

NEW YORK, (ST)- Syria's Permanent representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari has stressed that the Syrian government reserves the right to retaliate against any attack by terrorist groups targeting civilians even with a single shell.

"We are practicing a sovereign right of self-defense and we will continue to fight terrorism wherever it exists on the Syrian territory," al-Jaafari said in a statement after a voting session at the Security Council on a resolution calling for 30-day cessation of hostilities in Syria.

 Al-Jaafari affirmed that ending the Syrians' suffering doesn't need holding international meetings or forming UN committees; rather, it necessitates implementing the UN resolutions about the situation in Syria, including 13 resolutions on fighting terrorism.

The newly adopted resolution must be implemented in all Syrian territories including in Afrin, in the lands occupied by the US troops as well as in the occupied Syrian Golan, al-Jaafari stressed.

"Locals in Damascus are really suffering from terrorists having positions in Eastern Ghouta," said al-Jaafari, pointing out that the appeals of some 8 million Syrians, who are suffering from the terrorists' rocket and mortar fire against Damascus, don't reach neither the UN General Secretariat nor the mailboxes of the permanent representatives of France and Britain, whereas only the terrorists' appeals reach them.

 The Syrian Permanent Representative to the UN clarified that the headquarters of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Damascus has been exposed to ten shells fired by the "moderate" terrorists in Ghouta and these attacks led to several casualties, including a doctor.

Al-Jaafari went on to say that the Syrian government has seriously dealt with and committed itself to all the initiatives that aimed to end the crisis starting from its keenness on protecting the lives of citizens. He said the government has called on the armed groups in Eastern Ghouta to lay down their weapons and has secured safe corridors for civilians to leave the area.

He made it clear that Astana agreement has obliged the armed groups to dissociate themselves from Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra and gave the Syrian government the right to retaliate against any terrorist attack.

The Syrian diplomat asserted that that the governments of the United States, France and Britain should stop holding meetings to draw up strategic colonialist plans to divide Syria and change its leadership by force.

Hamda Mustafa