Churkin: Washington won’t be able to build effective int’l coalition against ISIS without coordination with Syria

Moscow, SANA – Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin said the United States will not be able to build an effective international coalition against the terrorist organization of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) without it having to coordinate its steps with the Syrian government.

Russia Today website quoted Churkin as saying in an interview he gave to the American Fox News TV channel that Washington should respect the international law in its effort to form the international coalition against the extremist organization.

In his speech about ISIS last week, US President Barack Obama ruled out coordination with the Syrian government in his plan to form an international coalition to fight ISIS.

Washington, Churkin added, should coordinate with Damascus in case it wanted to launch strikes against ISIS positions inside Syria.

Few days ago, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad said in an interview with Russia Today that the Security Council’s resolutions force any alliances or fronts that are meant to confront terrorism to respect the sovereignty and independence of states and to consult with them regarding war against terrorism, and these alliances should not overstep the rules of international law when taking counterterrorism actions.

Syria has been for more than three years fighting terrorist groups, including ISIS, in the framework of an internationally-orchestrated war waged against it in which the Syrian people have borne the brunt of those groups’ atrocities.

The past few months have however witnessed increased activity by ISIS in Syria and neighboring Iraq, with the extremist organization posing a threat to the regional and international peace and security, a threat which Syria has warned against from the beginning of the war imposed on it and which the US and many Western and regional countries contributed to its creation by sending hundreds of thousands of mercenary terrorists into Syria.

Haifa Said

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