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Foreign Ministry: Turkish Government Flagrantly Breaches International Law, Good Neighborliness

Feb 16, 2013


DAMASCUS, (SANA)_Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that the Turkish government continues to flagrantly interfere in the Syrian domestic affairs in breach of the UN charter, the international law, and the rules governing relations among countries.

In two identical letters addressed on Friday to head of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary-General highlighting Turkey's subversive role in the Syrian crisis, the ministry said that the Turkish government has sought to obstruct the implementation of the political program announced by President Bashar al-Assad for solving the crisis in Syria, and the ensuing measures undertaken by the Syrian government for that end.

''Turkey has turned its territories into a stamping ground for hosting, training, funding, arming and smuggling armed terrorists groups, mainly al-Qaeda and Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups, into Syria, '' the letters said, adding ''and it publicly supports and justifies their destructive practices of killing and methodical vandalism of infrastructure and public and private property.''

''According to international law, the rules governing international relations and good neighborliness, the Turkish government's conduct constitutes a flagrant violation of the international law,'' the ministry added. The ministry affirmed that in so doing, the Turkish government violates the UN charter which states that "all Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.''

The ministry added that the Turkish government violates the international law in regards to friendly relations between countries, which states that ''No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State. Consequently, armed intervention and all other forms of interference or attempted threats against the personality of the State or against its political, economic and cultural elements, are in violation of international law.''

The ministry added that the Turkish government's practices also breach the international law which states that ''No State shall organize, assist, foment, finance, incite or tolerate subversive, terrorist or armed activities directed towards the violent overthrow of the regime of another State, or interfere in civil strife in another State.''

The ministry added that according to international law, ''Every State has an inalienable right to choose its political, economic, social and cultural systems, without interference in any form by another State,'' and ''Every State shall refrain from any action aimed at the partial or total disruption of the national unity and territorial integrity of any other State or country.''

The letters added that the Turkish practices are a breach of the judgment of the International Court of Justice in Nicaragua case in 1986, which considered backing terrorist gangs in another country for the purpose of toppling its government an interference in its affairs, adding they are also in violation of the Security Council resolution no. 1373.

The ministry stressed that the Turkish government's blatant violations of the international law and good neighborliness makes it imperative that the international community prevent the Turkish government and the regional and international sides conspiring against Syria from pushing ahead with its acts that amount to aggression, underlining need for obliging it to stop interference in the Syrian internal affairs.

The letters added it is important that the international community also pressures the Turkish government to give up attempts to fragment Syria and undermine its unity and territorial integrity, and to stop hosting, training and backing armed terrorist groups.

''The Syrian government renews respect for the friendly people of Turkey, '' the letters indicated, adding ''and considers that the behavior of the Turkish government aims to thwart the authentic efforts of the Syrian government to implement the political program for solving the crisis through ending violence to hold national dialogue and achieve reconciliation.''

M. Ismael

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