Al-Jaafari urges Security Council to put an end to Erdogan's adventures in Syria

NEW YORK, (ST)- Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations  Bashar al-Jaafari has called on the Security Council to assume its responsibilities in putting an end to Erdogan regime's adventures which threaten regional and international peace and security.

During a Security Council emergency meeting Friday evening on the situation in Syria's Idleb, al-Jaafari said that Syria is fighting terrorism on its own territory and it will also continue confronting the Turkish aggression to protect citizens and defend its unity, sovereignty and independent decision.

He said that the Turkish regime has turned the observation points it has set up inside the Syrian territories into an operation room to support the terrorist organizations, pointing out that this was proved when a number of Turkish soldiers were killed faraway from these points as they were providing support for the terrorists in their attacks on the Syrian army and the Russian forces.

"Are the Turkish regime's attempts to Turkify the Syrian areas it has occupied by changing the names of its squares and streets into Turkish ones, by imposing Turkish curricula on the citizens and by looting Syrian resources and antiquities legitimate acts according to the international law?" al-Jaafari asked.

"Have the Security Council members' approaches regarding fighting terrorism and keeping international peace and security changed or there is still some credibility to count on?" he also asked.

He said that the three guarantors of Astana process on Syria (Russia, Iran and Turkey)  agreed in 2017 to establish de-escalation zones in Syria and they affirmed their commitment to Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and to continue fighting terrorist organizations inside and outside the de-escalation zones.

He added that during the fourth round of Astana talks the guarantor states agreed to take certain procedures as to separate "armed opposition groups" from the terrorist groups which was designated as so by the Security Council.

Also, al-Jaafari went on to say, the Sochi agreement on Idleb in 2018 stressed the need that the Turkish regime should disarm and withdraw the armed and terrorist groups, including Jabhat al-Nusra and its affiliated groups from Idleb and form parts of Aleppo and Hama countryside by October 15, 2018, thereby making it possible to open the two international highways M4 and M5 by the end of 2018.

However, al-Jaafari said, the Turkish outlaw regime, despite all calls on it to respect and implement its obligations within the duration specified by the Astana and Sochi agreements, didn't implement these commitments, rather, it exploited the de-escalation zones agreement to reinforce the terrorists and enhance their presence Syrian areas neighboring Turkey and to impose a sustainable terrorist status-quo in Adleb and Aleppo regardless of the suffering of locals in Idleb, Aleppo , Hama and Lattakia from the terrorist attacks.

He renewed Syria's rejection of the Turkish regime's practices and acts of aggression against the Syrians aiming to support terrorism in the country to revive its Ottoman Sultanate dreams.

The senior Syrian diplomat made it clear that Syria and its allies have launched a precise military operation to protect and save the Syrian citizens in Aleppo and Idleb from the crimes of terrorist organizations and to reestablish the authority of law and the state in these areas, starting from its commitment to its national and constitutional duty and pursuant to international resolutions.

Syria is fighting terrorism on its lands not on the lands of any other country and it will continue confronting the Turkish aggression with all possible means in order to protect the Syrian citizens and defend its unity, sovereignty and independent decision, he reiterated.

 Hamda Mustafa