Sunday, December 18, 2016

Syrian Foreign Ministry: Terrorists’ Exploitation of Children to Achieve Their Goals Proves That Their Sponsors Don’t Care About Children’s Lives
18 December، 2016

Damascus, SANA – The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that the terrorist organizations’ exploitation of children to achieve their inhumane goals proves that that those who sponsor these organizations do not care about Syrian children’s lives.

In two letters sent to the head of the Security Council and the UN Secretary-General on Sunday, the Ministry said that on 16/12/2016, terrorists exploited a girl around 8 years of age, giving her explosives and making her go to al-Midan Police Station and act as if she’s lost, and after she entered the Station and went into a bathroom in it, the terrorists detonated the explosives remotely, killing the girl, injuring a police officer, and causing material damage to the Station’s second floor offices and bathroom.

The Ministry pointed out that terrorists have exploited children since the beginning of the crisis in Syria in order to achieve their inhumane goals, and this most recent incident shows that the terrorists do not hesitate to exploit children whenever they could, and also proves that those who sponsor these organizations do not care about Syrian children’s lives as they claim, including the life of the girl who was used to carry out the recent bombing and hundreds more like her.

The letters went on to say that the Syrian Arab Republic affirms that such practices, which violate the Convention on the Rights of the Child, must convince the states that support militants in Syria – particularly France, Britain, the United States, and their allies in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey who became hysteric recently after the liberation of Aleppo from terrorists – that the support they brag about giving to those terrorist organizations must stop immediately.

The Ministry concluded by saying that Syria affirms the need for the Security Council to implement its decisions on counter-terrorism, decisions which have been forgotten by the American, British, French, and Ukrainian governments who are Security Council members and who continue to mislead the world by failing to commit to the Council’s resolutions on counter-terrorism, including resolution no. 2254.

Hazem Sabbagh

Churkin: First task in Syria after liberating Aleppo is full suspension of combat and resuming Syrian-Syrian dialogue

16 December، 2016

New York, SANA – Russia’s Permanent Representative at the UN Vitaly Churkin said that the first task in Syria after liberating Aleppo will be the full suspension of combat activities and resuming Syrian-Syrian dialogue, noting that the Syrian government has repeatedly confirmed its readiness to engage in dialogue with the “opposition.”

In a speech at a Security Council meeting on Friday on the situation in the Middle East, Churkin said that since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, Russia had been consistently supporting the course of resolving it via political means that respect the country’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity.

He asserted that Russia is convinced that there can be no alternative to political settlement based on dialogue along with the cessation of combat activities, delivering humanitarian aid, and fighting terrorism.

Chrukin stressed that Russia’s actions in Syria contributed to preventing terrorists from establishing control over Damascus and to liberating large areas in the country, affirming that Russia also helps set up dialogue between the Syrian government and the “opposition” inside the country and abroad.

On a relevant note, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that France and Britain are continuing along a destructive path that is not constructive and distant from reality by their proposal to submit a draft resolution at the Security Council to take “restraining measures” against Syria under the pretext of using chemical weapons.

Gatilov said that there’s no chance that this resolution will pass and Russia would never approve it, stressing that this is clearly an attempt to undermine the political resolution of the crisis in Syria, and that this resolution is blatantly biased, one-sided, fragile, and not based on objective facts, adding that this resolution is no more that an provocative step that seeks to increase political pressure on Syria.

Hazem Sabbag

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