Syria Urges UN to Prevent US-led Foreign Aggression
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The UN is under growing pressure from Syria to do its job and prevent an American war of aggression.
The two identical letters delivered to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President of the UN Security Council, Maria Cristina Perceval call on the international body to maintain its role of protector of international legitimacy and prevent US-led aggression against Damascus, Syria's permanent representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said.
The Syrian government continues to deny any use of chemical weapons on the civilian population, with Jaafari reminding of Syria’s cooperation with the UN on this issue, which was often downplayed and twisted in the western media, RT reported.
“The Syrian government is the first side who asked the UN Secretary General to form an objective investigation team to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal in Aleppo,” Bashar al-Jaafari said, adding that they warned, “more than a year ago, against the serious risks of the possibility of using chemical materials by the armed terrorist groups in Syria.”
Despite the Syrian government’s swift permission for the UN investigation team to probe the site of the alleged attack on August 21, some “foreign countries” launched an anti-Assad campaign accusing government forces of slaughtering their own people, Jaafari said, SANA reported.
“Syria has informed, in official letters, the UN Secretary General and the UNSC about the activities of these groups, which coincided with a political, diplomatic and media campaign led by some countries which are directly responsible for shedding the blood in Syria and preventing the peaceful solution in order to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapon,” he added.
Traces of sarin nerve agent were found in samples “provided to the US,” US Secretary of State John Kerry told US media on Sunday in an apparent move to build support for a military strike on Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the US earlier to present its supposed evidence to the UN Security Council, if there was any.
Meanwhile, the legitimate samples that UN investigators gathered at the site of the attack near Damascus are undergoing a series of tests with final results expected to be released in up to three weeks. Ban Ki-moon asked the head of the investigation team to expedite the testing and report back to him as soon as possible, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
Earlier on Sunday, Syria’s president Bashar Assad reaffirmed that his country will stand up to foreign intervention.
“Syria... is capable of facing up to any external aggression just as it faces up to internal aggression every day, in the form of terrorist groups and those who support them,” SANA quoted the President as saying.
Also, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told reporters in Damascus on Sunday, “It is clear there was a sense of hesitation and disappointment in what was said by President Barack Obama yesterday. And it is also clear there was a sense of confusion as well."