New York, SANA – The charge d’affaires interim of the permanent mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations in New York, Minister Counselor Mounzer Mounzer, stressed Syria’s support to adopting resolutions and taking serious steps by the UN Security Council on the war against terrorism so that it could reflect the international consensus on the fact that terrorism today represents the most dangerous challenge that faces the world.
In a statement during the UN Security Council Open Debate entitled, “ Maintenance of International Peace and Security… Protecting basic infrastructure from terrorist acts” Mounzer urged the international community represented by the United Nations and the UNSC to play their role in coordinating and leading cooperation for counterterrorism and the extremist ideology.
Mounzer said that terrorism continues to target Syria and systematically destroy the institutions, infrastructure, scientific, educational, cultural, economic and social facilities as well as the historic landmarks.
He added that the terrorist groups supported by governments of states that are known committed heinous crimes against historic, cultural and religious landmarks in several cities and areas in Syria such as Palmyra, Aleppo, Ma’loula and Idleb with the aim of erasing the civilizational and cultural identity of Syria and replacing it with the extremist, savage dark mentality.
Mounzer clarified that governments of some member states have been partners in terrorism against Syria since the beginning of the crisis through supporting or financing terrorism or through imposing unilateral coercive economic measures on the Syrian people.
He added that the illegitimate military intervention of the so-called the international coalition in Syria is part of the very systematic policy on targeting the Syrian infrastructure as it relies on distorting the provisions of the UN Charter and playing around with the international law, and that is why we stress that the attempt of some states, which are members in the United Nations, to justify their military intervention in Syria under the pretext of combating ISIS based on Article 51 of the Charter and without coordination with the Syrian government represents a violation of the Charter and Syria’s sovereignty.
He called on the United Nations and the international community to implement the UNSC resolutions related to counterterrorism and to hold the governments supporting terrorism responsible for the crimes committed against the Syrian people, oblige them to stop violating the international law and the UN Charter and to compensate for the deliberate destruction of the facilities and infrastructure in the country.