Update1- Al-Jaafari: Countries sponsoring terrorism should stop supporting it; Syria adopted all necessary measures to prevent recruitment of children

New York, SANA  Syria had in vain sought to draw attention of the international  community on the recruitment of Syrian children in areas controlled by armed terrorist  organizations, particularly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Jabhat al-Nusra,   Islamic Front, Army of Islam,  the Free Army and other armed groups that utilized  children aged 5 to 15 years after having brainwashed them, prepared them to conduct  Fatwas and become bearded criminals,  Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr.  Bashar al-Jaafari said Wednesday .

Al-Jaafari, during a Security Council session on Children and Armed Conflict, called  for putting an end to policies of the states that have sponsored, financed, armed and  trained terrorists through adopting efficient measures to hold the governments of these  states accountable,  and implement the UNSC related resolutions to fighting terrorism.

The armed terrorist organizations, during the past four years of the crisis in Syria,  sought to deprive children from their childhood in an attempt to create an extremist  environment, rich with takfiri and hatred sources al-Jaafari said.

In Syria, and at the (refugees) camps in the neighboring countries, recruitment of  Syrian children have varied and acquired unprecedented bloody forms that get even children aged 4 years, Dr.al-Jaafari went on to say.

The armed terrorist organizations deprived children from education and substituted it  with terrorist education, therefore these organizations stopped education in several  areas until the governmental curriculum have been amended to go in line with the  religious rules,   as UNICEF mentioned he said, adding that more than 670,000 Syrian  students had been deprived  from education.

The Syrian Senior Diplomat pointed out that these terrorist organizations turned schools  and hospitals into prisons, barracks and execution centers, asserting that since the  beginning of the current year,  85 children were killed and 224 others were injured.

Al-Jaafari said that since the beginning of the crisis in the country, Syria has taken  several measures, to enhance children protection, including all legal measures which  prevent recruiting them in fighting operations, noting that the Syrian government issued  a legislative decree on May 6th, 2013 for this purpose.

Al-Jaafari affirmed that in spite of the huge efforts exerted by the Syrian government  to protect and immunize children against such devastating Wahhabi ignorant thought, it  is known that tackling this sort of crimes can’t be done except through uprooting it  collectively and honestly.

He called for stopping the policies of the countries that support terrorism  financially and militarily, taking active measures to hold these governments accountable,  implementing the relevant UN Security Council resolutions the latest of which /2199/ and to  helping Syrian government to rehabilitate the children victims of such  recruitment.

Al-Jaafari clarified that recruiting children, from other states, by armed organizations  has become an international issue which requires finding solutions by uprooting  organized terrorism that spread in many countries including Syria, Iraq, Nigeria,  Central African Republic, Mali and Columbia, indicating that such terrorism is what the  governments of those countries try to uproot every day, including Syrian government.

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