Syria’s permanent Envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said Syria supports the world approach towards building an international community free of using force, prevailed by principles of the UN charter based on justice, equality and peace.
“Syria is ready to take part in any international effort to achieve that goal and help come out with a concluding document that meets aspirations of our people and governments,” al-Jaafari said in a speech at the United Nations’ Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty held on Monday.
He added that any future treaty on Arms’ trade has to reiterate the states’ right, according to UN charter particularly item 51, to acquire all suitable means to preserve their national security, and stress the people’s right, who live under foreign occupation, of self-defense and self-determination.
Al-Jaafari pointed out to Israel’s involvement in the arms’ illegal trafficking in the world which encourages the gangs of drugs and the separatist movements in the world.
He also referred to Syria’s suffering from terrorism and sabotage, based on extremist and takfiri fatwas issued by instigators which are hosted by Arab, regional and western states.
“Terrorist groups, on top, al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra, are carrying out the acts of terror in Syria.. these groups would have never moved without financing, arming or training which were supplied by a number of Arab, regional and western countries,” al-Jaafari said.
He added that the latest statements of a number of countries to supply and increase the level of arming to those terrorist groups in Syria is a matter of concern as they really know the nature and essence of those groups.
“Those terrorist groups have carried out a big number of terrorist explosions all over Syria which claimed the lives of thousands of civilians and the injuring of others, using weapons that are given by well-known sides.. I will never name them in respect for this meeting,” al-Jaafari stressed.
He concluded by saying that the Arms’ Trade Treaty that we all aspire to reach, should guarantee that any weapons would not reach individuals, armed groups, mercenaries or terrorists who may pose a threat to the national and international peace.