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Al-Jaafari: States Interested in the Success of Annan Plan Should Stop Arming and Embracing Terrorists

Posted by seumasach on May 28, 2012

“We should hold all the responsible ones accountable and have them face justice even if it has connection to some permanent members at the UN Security Council,” he added. “Those who are very interested in halting violence and making the comprehensive national dialogue in Syria a success should stop interfering in our internal affairs and should stop arming , hosting, funding and protecting the armed terrorist groups in my country,” said al-Jaafari, adding that “No one can ignite fire and be the firefighter at the same time and, unfortunately, this is the case for many UNSC member states.”

SANA

28th May, 20

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that al-Houla massacre as a horrible, unjustified and unjustifiable crime which the Syrian government has firmly condemned.

Al-Jaafari’s remarks came after the UN Security Council’s informal session held on Monday.

He condemned a “tsunami of lies” from some Security Council members being told by some UNSC members in an attempt to mislead the Council through claims of depending evidence since neither the head of the UN observer mission Gen.

Al-Jaafari accused some members of the council of trying to mislead the world about Syria’s role in the massacre.

“Neither UN observer mission head Maj Gen Robert Mood nor anybody else told the Security Council in the informal session that he would blame the Syrian government forces for what happened.

“It is really pitiful and regrettable that some members of the council came out just a few minutes after Gen Mood had finished his briefing to mislead you, to tell you lies about what happened,” he said.

Al-Jaafari stressed the importance of understanding the background and the comprehensive scene of what happened to understand these crimes, adding that “after Friday prayers, 200 to 300 gunmen driving pick-up trucks equipped with anti-tank missiles, mortar projectiles and machineguns headed from different places to meet in al-Houla area where they attacked law-enforcement forces in the region from 14:00 pm till 23:00 pm… We are not talking about a half hour military attack but an intended and planned operation.”

“After attacking military and law-enforcement forces, the gunmen started to kill civilians then they moved to another village where they burned the national hospital, houses and the farmers’ harvests after which they murdered dozens of innocent civilians in another village near al-Houla which is al-Shumariyeh. So, we are not talking about one accident but we are talking about a series of operations took place in small villages in the region,” he added.

Al-Jaafari said that the Syrian government has formed an investigation committee to find those who committed these heinous massacres and bring them to justice and they will be punished according to Syrian law.

The UN Security Council adopted a statement that is very similar to Gen. Mood’s copy regarding the events in which he did not accuse the Syrian government of committing these massacres, on the contrary, the statement indicated the existence of other elements that might be responsible for what happened, he added.

Al-Jaafari said that the UN Security Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the acts of killing which the UN observers confirmed, adding that “I am, on the behalf of my government, affirm that there are acts of killing against dozens of civilians, exactly 114 people.”

“The Security Council also condemned the killing of civilians by shooting at close range or by severe physical abuse, which is the case in al-Houla. So, they were not killed in tank shelling as the bodies will not look like those we have seen. We are talking about acts of killing similar to those committed in Algeria in the nineties of the last century,” al-Jaafari added.

He said that the Syrian government will spare no effort to find those who committed the massacres, adding that “the UNSC should convene to define those who arm, host, harbor and encourage the terrorist groups in Syria to continue their violence and bring them to justice,”

Al-Jaafari said that there are UNSC member states who publically announced that they will spare no effort to provide the Syrian opposition with weapons, some of whom said “non-lethal weapons” and I don’t know what this term means but the immediate sequences of arming the opposition were the abduction of the Lebanese pilgrims coming back from Iraq through the Turkish borders, the suicide bombings and the infiltration of al-Qaeda into the Syrian territories.

“We should hold all the responsible ones accountable and have them face justice even if it has connection to some permanent members at the UN Security Council,” he added. “Those who are very interested in halting violence and making the comprehensive national dialogue in Syria a success should stop interfering in our internal affairs and should stop arming , hosting, funding and protecting the armed terrorist groups in my country,” said al-Jaafari, adding that “No one can ignite fire and be the firefighter at the same time and, unfortunately, this is the case for many UNSC member states,

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