Al-Jaafari: UN report on Syria’s children ignores facts, countries supporting terrorism must be deterred

Bashar-al-Jaafari

BY NEWS DESK ON JUNE 19 2015

New York, SANA – Syria slammed the “complete ignoring of facts” flawing a UN report on the situation of children in Syria.

During a Security Council’s session on “Children and Armed Conflicts” held on Thursday, Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said the report on Syria overlooks the true roots behind the crisis in it and abstains from recognizing the role of the countries in aiding the spread of terrorism and multiplying its grave impact on Syria’s children.

He criticized the “suspicious” disregard by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui and her office of the dozens of documented correspondences and letters sent by the Syrian government providing evidence against the many allegations included in this recent report and others before it.

Al-Jaafari referred to the lists of thousands of incidents with the date, place and names documented, where schools and hospitals were attacked and children were killed at the terrorists’ hands, which were sent to Zerrougui’s office since the beginning of the crisis.

Yet, despite the government’s close cooperation with Zerrougui and her office, not even one of those documented incidents and proofs was heeded in the report, said al-Jaafari.

“Whoever is in charge of writing those reports, they have turned into a tool in the hands of some influential member states of this international organization to smear the Syrian government’s image, ” al-Jaafari said.

This fact, he added, explains the “unjustified rejection” of a demand for listing the Israeli occupation in the report’s attachments as a party responsible for the killing of thousands of Palestinian children in occupied Palestine and the suffering of Syrian children under occupation in the Syrian Golan.

Syria’s Ambassador dismissed all the attempts at “demonizing” the Syrian government and blaming it for terrorism while ignoring the role of the terrorism-backing countries, referring to the camps set up in Syria’s neighboring countries for recruiting children as young as four, which “have taken unprecedented bloody forms”.

He cited video tapes published by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization showing children of no more than 10 years of age carrying out mass executions against captives through shooting or decapitating them.

Al-Jaafari also highlighted the terrorists’ approach of educating children in a Takfiri Wahhabi educational system and closing hundreds of government-run schools and turning them into bases for them and centers to store their weapons and ammunition.

The Syrian Representative to the UN reiterated call upon the United Nations to take efficacious measures to bring to account the countries supporting terrorism and enforce the Security Council’s resolutions on countering terrorism, the latest was resolution 2199.

He also called on the UN to support the Syrian government’s efforts towards rehabilitating affected children and integrating them into society and take a stand to stop the war on Syria from being continuously fuelled, which, he warned, would threaten more generations inside and outside Syria who are growing up to the images of blood and violence.

Haifa Said

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Syria sends letters to UN and Security Council on recent terrorist attacks in Aleppo
BY NEWS DESK ON JUNE 17, 2015 MIDDLE EAST

Damascus, SANA – The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Tuesday sent two identical letters to the UN Secretary-General and the head of the Security Council regarding the terrorist attacks that targeted Aleppo city on Monday, claiming the lives of scores of innocent civilians.

The letters said that Aleppo and its peaceful people were targeted by another heinous crime on Monday at the hands of terrorist organizations which are called “moderate armed opposition” by their supporters, with these terrorists firing more than one hundred rocket shells blindly and indiscriminately at the neighborhoods of al-Sirian, al-Sirian al-Jadideh, al-Aziziye, al-Rashdin, Salaheddin, al-Ismailiye, Nile Street, the surroundings of Sheihan Hospital, and al-Sabil housings in city.

The Ministry said that these attacks claimed the lives of 36 civilians, 12 of them children, and injured more than 120 others, most of them women and children, and the death toll is likely to increase due to the critical nature of some of the injuries the victims sustained, adding that the attacks also caused massive material damage to residential buildings and public and private properties.

The letters said that this new massacre is the latest in a series of methodical terrorist acts that have been targeting Syria for over four years, and that they constitute a vindictive act of revenge against the people of Aleppo who stood against terrorism and refused to abandon their homes.

The Ministry said that the terrorists of the so-called “moderate armed opposition” aren’t the only sides responsible for this crime, as responsibility falls on the regimes in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey, and Israel that support, fund, harbor, train, and arm them, with these regimes turning a blind eye to the Security Council resolutions on counterterrorism while other Security Council members and the international community remain suspiciously silent to a degree that borders on complicity with these terrorist groups and shows that some continue to employ policies of double standards when it comes to counterterrorism.

The Ministry said that the ongoing politicization of the crisis in Syria and the double standards employed in this context are no longer acceptable now that everyone has become aware of the barbarism and brutality of terrorist organizations and their crimes against Syria and its people, civilization, and culture, adding that the false allegations about the presence of “moderate armed opposition” that some are seeking desperately to promote are also unacceptable.

The Ministry went on to say that the international community must stand as one to cooperate and coordinate with the Syrian government which has been fighting terrorism for years on behalf of the people of the region and the world and in defense of human existence, and the values of justice and freedom, adding that all Security Council resolutions on counterterrorism, specifically resolutions nos. 2170, 2178, and 2199, must be put into effect.

The letters concluded by saying that that the Syrian government is committed to continue its battle against terrorism in Syria and to defending its people as per its constitutional responsibilities, and that it calls on the Security Council and the UN Secretary General to denounce the recent terrorist attacks in Aleppo, refer to things by their proper and real designations, and take fundamental deterrent steps against terrorist organizations and the states that support and sponsor them.

Hazem Sabbagh

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