Security Council fails to condemn Terrorism in Syria – Syrian Foreign Ministry
In two identical letters directed to the Chairman of the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General, the Syrian Foreign Ministry, on Monday, stressed that the failure of the UN Security Council to condemn the bombing in Daf al-Shouk has encouraged terrorists to continue committing crimes against the Syrian people.
In the two letters which the Ministry demanded by issued as official Security Council and UN General Assembly documents under counter-terrorism articles, the Ministry said that on Monday October 29, 2012, a car bomb explosion shook a neighborhood in the town of Jarmana south of Damascus, resulting in the death of 11 citizens and injuring over 20, in addition to causing grave material damage to buildings.
The letters said that this bombing took place in a town where Syrian Muslims and Christians of various sects coexist, and that it is one of the devastating bombings that took place in Syria during Eid al-Adha holiday.
The Ministry noted that the Syrian government announced its commitment to the cessation of military operations during this holiday.
The Ministry pointed out that the failure of the UN Security Council to condemn the bombing which took place in Daf al-Shouk neighborhood has encouraged terrorists to continue committing crimes against the Syrian people.
The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry went on to say that the US and some European and western countries disrupted the issuing Security Council statements that condemn the bloody terrorism claiming dozens of lives of women, children and the elderly in Syria, with the last such incident being when the UK, a permanent UNSC member, objected to issuing a statement condemning the bombing carried out by terrorist elements in Daf al-Shouk, a neighborhood in Damascus, which claimed the lives of many martyrs and wounded many others, in addition to destroying tens of houses.
The Ministry said that the disruption of such procedures by countries that claim to combat international terrorism cannot be interpreted as anything other than practical support for terrorism and terrorists, noting that the US, France, Germany and Britain take turns among themselves to disrupt these procedures every time terrorists commit their crimes in Syria under blatant excuses and allegations that clearly indicate the existence of an agenda targeting the Syrian people, their achievements and their civilization, as well as constituting blatant proof of detestable double standards.
The letters said that leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, called upon his followers who are active in Syria to escalate their criminal massacres, in addition to demanding his followers in the Islamic world to go to Syria to participate in Jihad, noting that these statements were made in his televised message broadcast on October 25, 2012.
The Ministry said that the terrorist acts in Daf al-Shouk and the ones targeting Syrian churches, mosques and clergymen are an implantation of al-Zawahiri’s instructions, wondering where the UNSC stands on these crimes and why some of its members protect their perpetrators.
The letters said that terrorist organizations, following instructions from their leaders in Riyadh, Doha, Ankara, Istanbul, Paris and other capitals, assassinated Father Fadi Haddad, the pastor of Mar Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Qatana, and detonated a car bomb in front of the Syriac Church in Deir Ezzor, and before that they committed a barbaric terrorist attack on the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo which caused severe material damage to it, not to mention the terrorist groups’ attacks on the first day of Eid al-Adha holiday on a water pumping station in Aleppo, which damaged five pumps and cut drinking water from all the occupants of the western part of the city.
The Ministry said that all these crimes and others took place when Syrian law-enforcement forces committed accurately to the cessation of operations and didn’t respond to many attacks committed by terrorist groups across Syria, adding that Syria updated the UNSC Chairman and UN Secretary-General on daily basis on the violations of the ceasefire in Eid al-Adha committed by armed terrorist groups.
The letters noted that as part of the honest efforts to restore security and tranquility across Syria, President Bashar al-Assad issued a general amnesty on October 23, 2012, which is the most comprehensive in Syria’s history and benefits thousands of Syrians who were involved in recent events and were released to celebrate Eid al-Adha with their families and friends.
The Foreign Ministry concluded the letters by beseeching the UNSC member states, particularly those who combat terrorism without double standards, as well as all the UN member countries, to condemn terrorism whose perpetrators and their protectors and financers are seeking to destroy and fragment Syria and eliminate the unity of its people and territories and its civilized and humane role.