Syria on Turkish Incursion: Terrorism Substitutes Terrorism
Damascus filed a complaint to the UN on Monday against Ankara’s incursions in the Syrian territories, stressing that combating terrorism should be done through coordination with the Syrian government.
“The government of the Syrian Arab Republic condemns, with the strongest terms, the repeated crimes, violations, aggression and massacres perpetrated by the regime in Ankara against the Syrian people, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic,” read a letter sent by Syria’s foreign ministry to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council.
“The Syrian government calls on UN Security council to assume its responsibilities in preserving the international peace and security, and to call on Turkey to immediately withdraw from the Syrian territories, and to respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria,” added the letter, according to SANA news agency.
On August 24, Turkish special forces, tanks, and jets — backed by planes from the US-led coalition — launched their first coordinated offensive in Syria.
Damascus said that dozens of civilians have been killed and injured by Turkish airstrikes and shelling during Turkey’s incursion.
“Syria calls on Security Council’s member states to condemn those cowardly crimes and to exert all pressures and take all effective measures to guarantee the recovering of Turkish regime to its senses and forcing it abandon its support of terrorism or using it as a pretext to interfere in the domestic affairs of Syria.”
Meanwhile, the ministry stressed that countries who back Turkey’s incursion into Syria are in fact supporting terrorism.
“The continued support of France, USA, Britain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to the Turkish regime is a clear support to terrorism, not only in Syria but in all world countries,” said the letter.