Some UNSC Members Create Allegations to Defame Syria Every Time the Syrian Army Achieves Gains in Fighting Terrorism

NEW YORK, (ST)-Every time the Syrian Arab army achieves victories in the fight against foreign-backed terrorism, some Security Council member countries start to create allegations about the situation on the ground in Syria in order to distort the army' victories and defame the Syrian state, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations stressed in a statement on Thursday during the Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria.

Such allegations, al-Jaafari clarified, were made when the Syrian army liberated the Syrian areas of al-Qseir in Homs, the eastern countryside of Aleppo,  Eastern Ghouta and Qalamoun in Damascus Countryside. He pointed out that these allegations are now being made against the Syrian army in Idleb where it is conducting a wide military operation to eliminate terrorists and where it is being accused by some Security Council members of targeting civil facilities, including health centers, schools and service facilities.

 He reiterated that the air forces of the Syrian army and its allies don't attack civilian targets. They only attack terrorist positions and hideouts.

The senior Syrian diplomat went on to say that a few days ago, the Syrian government announced the opening of a humanitarian corridor in Souran city to help civilians leave the terrorist-held areas in the northern countryside of Hama and the southern countryside of Idleb to the areas controlled by the Syrian army where they can receive necessary assistance, including food and health care.

He said that all have realized that Idleb has become the biggest stronghold for terrorists from all over the world and that Jabhat al-Nusra  terrorist organization is controlling almost all the areas there.

The Astana agreement on establishing de-escalation zones excludes terrorist organizations

Al-Jaafari clarified that the Astana agreement on the establishment of de-escalation zones excludes the terrorist organizations blacklisted by the Security Council. The agreement, al-Jaafari said, provides for a set of obligations including forcing the armed groups which signed the agreement to dissociate themselves from the terrorist organizations like Daesh, Jabhat al-Nusra and their affiliated groups, he said, adding that Astana and Sochi agreements affirmed the right of the Syrian government and its allies to confront the terrorists groups regardless of their names.

  Al-Jaafari reiterated that the governments of the countries that have been supporting terrorist groups won't be able to reproduce these groups and present them as "moderate armed Syrian opposition", pointing out that terrorism in Idleb has led to the martyrdom of tens of thousands of civilians, therefore, Syria will practice its sovereign right to fight terrorism.

Elsewhere in his statement, al-Jaafari said that Syria is ready to cooperate with the UN Chief Special Envoy for Syria to make his mission in facilitating a Syrian-Syrian dialogue a success, stressing that this dialogue should be led by the Syrians without any foreign interference. However, he said the success of this mission necessitates the end of the illegal presence of foreign troops in Syria.   

He reiterated the need to lift the coercive economic measures imposed on the Syrian people and which are considered as economic terrorism and a blackmail attempt to add pressure on the Syrian government, noting the recent announcement by the US administration to impose sanctions on all the companies and businessmen who take part in Damascus International Fair.

Hamda Mustafa