Saturday, February 27, 2016

Al-Jaafari: Syrian Government Ready to Help Apply Cessation of Fighting Actions
27 February، 2016

New York, SANA-Syria’s permanent envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said on Friday that the Syrian government has spared no effort, since the beginning of the crisis, to find a political settlement to the crisis in the country.

“The Syrian government, in continuation of that approach and in light of its keenness on halting the bloodshed of the Syrians and restoring security and stability to the country, has officially announced its acceptance to the cessation of fighting actions on the basis of continuing the military efforts to combat terrorism against the Islamic State (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations affiliated to them or to al-Qaeda in accordance with the Russian-US joint declaration,” al-Jaafari said in a statement following the UN Security Council’s adoption of Resolution No. 2268 on the cessation of the fighting actions in Syria.

He added that the Syrian government considers the content of this declaration as an important step towards the political settlement and stresses readiness to contribute to applying the cessation of the fighting actions.

Al-Jaafari noted that the delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic has taken part in the latest Geneva talks with good intention and full seriousness in order to reach a political settlement to the crisis in Syria.

“The Syrian government is ready to actively participate in any sincere effort that aims at reaching this political settlement through which only the Syrian people determine the future of their country via a Syrian-led dialogue among the Syrians themselves and without any foreign intervention in a way that guarantees Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity,” al-Jaafari said, affirming that these points are included in the second preliminary paragraph of the Resolution 2268 adopted by the Security Council.

He added that the Syrians are invited to work on consolidating the national reconciliations and mobilizing efforts to eliminate terrorism and start the reconstruction process as well as to build Syria and preserve its sovereignty and its independent decision.

Responding to allegations of US envoy to the Security Council that there is no existence for “Jabhat al-Nusra” in Daraya town in Damascus countryside, al-Jaafari said that this is categorically wrong as Jabhat al-Nusra is present in Daraya, pointing out to a new list that includes names of hundreds of terrorists who were killed in Syria in 2015, most of them belong to Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS and some of them were killed in Daraya.


Security Council adopts resolution No. 2268 on cessation of combat activities in Syria

26 February، 2016

New York, SANA – The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted resolution No. 2268 on cessation of combat activities in Syria.

The council reiterated commitment to Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, voicing support to settle the crisis in Syria through the UN, based on Geneva Statement and Vienna declarations.

Members of the Council called on UN Secretary General and his Special Envoy for Syria to resume the Syrian-Syrian dialogue as soon as possible.

Prior to the voting, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura underlined that there is no substitute to the political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Concerning the Syrian-Syrian talks, de Mistura announced his intention to resume the talks on March 7th provided that “halting the fighting acts and continuing the process if delivering the humanitarian aid to the people in need.”

Russia and the United States had distributed the draft resolution earlier, in which ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other terrorist organizations were excluded from the cessation of combat activities.

In a statement after the Council adopted the resolution, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov stressed the need to stop the support provided for terrorist organizations by foreign sides because that hinders the political solution for the crisis in Syria.

Hazem Sabbagh/Mazen

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