Jaafari: Foreign meddling in Syria hinders efforts for National Reconciliation

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari, has stressed the importance of the Security Council to assume its responsibilities in implementing its resolutions regarding the Israeli occupation to the Palestinian and the Syrian Golan territories and the issue of the Palestinian refugees.

In the statement of the Syrian Arab Republic during UNSC’s session last night on the situation in the Middle East, al-Jaafari called upon the UNSC to assume its responsibilities, deal seriously with the continuation of the Israeli occupation to the Syrian Golan for 45 years and implement UN Resolution No. 497 for 1981, issued unanimously, which considers the Israeli decision of annexing the occupied Golan as null and void with no legal effect, in addition to all Israeli relevant decisions.

Al-Jaafari said “The UNSC’s refrain from claiming its responsibilities in this regard for decades confirms the existence of an eclectic and discretionary view by some of the member states in the Council regarding the implementation of its resolutions when they are related to Israel”.

He stressed that the UN Secretariat representatives are concerned more than any others in carrying out their role through briefing the UNSC regularly, honestly and transparently on the Israeli violations, the authorities which occupy the Syrian Golan.

He reminded that Syria is regularly providing the Secretariat with these violations, particularly the increasing cases of Syrian citizens kidnapped from the Syrian part of the cease-fire line, in addition to Israel’s implementation of wide-range military maneuvers in the occupied Golan.

Al-Jaafari stressed that the explosion of cluster bombs and mines planted by the Israeli occupation in the Golan has claimed the lives of 726 Syrian citizens, including 227 children.

Al-Jaafari added that the Palestinian people has been waiting for six decades to be given the most basic rights such as establishing a free, independent and complete state with full sovereignty on the Palestinian territories.

He pointed out that Israel is still confronting the international legitimacy through its arrogance and aggressive policy.

He added that Israel is curbing any opportunity to achieve peace in the region, benefitting from the direct protection offered by some influential countries in the UN Security Council.

“How many decades should pass on the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories before some sides acknowledge the necessity of moving seriously to end this occupation… How many innocent lives should be lost in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon before some sides are convinced that there is a tragedy that should be finished”, al-Jaafari said.

Syria’s Permanent representative to the UN pointed out to the reports submitted by tens of fact-finding and investigation committees to the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council through tens of years.

Jaafari said that these reports are enough to diagnose the volume of the Israeli aggression and terrorism against the countries and peoples of the region.

al-Jaafari said that more than thousands resolutions issued by the UN bodies calling for ending the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories and condemning its systematic violations and aggressive practices, are enough to push these countries to stop their unlimited military, economic and political support to Israel.

He stressed that some sides which claim keenness on the stability and security of the region turn a blind eye to the Israeli continued threats against the regional and international security and stability, wondering about some countries’ silence towards Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons and its rejection to join the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty.

He pointed out that Israel rejects to confirm its participation in the Conference on a “Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone”, scheduled next month, reminding of Syria’s adherence to the establishment of this zone through proposing an initiative by the end of 2003 on freeing the region of the mass destruction weapons.

Al-Jaafari renewed warning against the hectic attempts of some biased delegations supporting the continuation of the Israeli occupation to the Arab lands and aiming to weaken the historical references known for the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East”, through meddling other issues in the framework of its discussions.

He pointed out that these attempts aim to keep the UNSC deliberations regarding this particular item away from the main goal which was established for, as it is represented through ending the Israeli occupation to the Arab occupied territories based on relevant UN resolutions, particularly No. 242, 338, 497.

He stressed that some member states’ delegations are violating the international law and the UN Charter through interfering in Syria’s internal affairs and trying to seize the Syrian people’s right of deciding their future and choosing their political system in addition to these countries’ attempts to foil all comprehensive national dialogue bids.

Al-Jaafari stressed that the blatant foreign meddling in Syria’s affairs hinders efforts for national reconciliation which aim to build the country by all the Syrians, in addition to some countries’ attempts to breach Syria’s sovereignty through encouraging terrorism and providing logistic, political and financial support to the armed terrorist group.

He concluded the statement referring to the ironical paradox of the unanimous decision of UNSC to combat terrorism phenomenon in Mali, criticizing the way, the Council or some of its members deal with terrorism striking Syria through the borders of the neighboring countries although it is the same phenomenon.

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