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Assad’s Belief in Military Victory Greater Than Ever, Top Syrian Diplomat Tells UN
AP, Sep 25 2016
Photo: Jason De Crow
Syria’s top diplomat told the UNGA on Saturday that his country’s belief in military victory is greater now because the army “is making great strides in its war against terrorism.” Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Syria is more determined than ever to eliminate “terrorism” from the country. Al-Moallem accused the “moderate armed opposition” of committing crimes and massacres against Syrians “that are no less barbaric” than those of Daesh & AQ.
[The Syrian government in turn has been accused by Pindostan and its vassals of the indiscriminate killing of civilians, dropping bombs filled with chlorine gas as a chemical weapon, and torturing and killing opponents. Syria was stepping up its military campaign even as talks were taking place between Jackass Kerry and Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the UNGA on reviving the ceasefire. As of Saturday, rebel-held parts of the city of Aleppo had come under a blistering wave of airstrikes that killed dozens, toppled buildings and sent wounded people flooding into poorly equipped clinics. Aid was never delivered to Aleppo, and on Saturday government forces captured an area on the edge of the city, tightening their siege around the rebel-held east. Global reaction was swift and condemned the new Syrian offensive in harsh terms. Ban Ki-moon “is appalled by the chilling military escalation” in Aleppo and underlines that the use of indiscriminate weapons including incendiaries and bunker-busters in densely populated areas “may amount to war crimes,” and considers this “a dark day for the global commitment to protect civilians.” Jackass called the bombing of Aleppo “beyond the pale,” accusing the Syrian government of “laying siege in medieval terms to an entire community.” Speaking at Tufts University in Boston, he demanded that Russia help bring peace to Syria instead of “an unacceptable precedent for the entire world.”]
Moallem said the Syrian government remains committed to political negotiations in Geneva under UN auspices, but he stressed that any solution must follow two parallel tracks: intensified counter-terrorism efforts and an intra-Syrian dialogue that allows Syrians to determine their future “without foreign interference.” He said a political solution should begin “by establishing a government of national unity comprising representatives from the government and the opposition, in all its factions, and tasked with creating a constitution drafting committee.” Once a new constitution is approved by Syrians through a referendum, parliamentary elections should follow leading to formation of a new government. That proposal is contrary to the roadmap for a Syrian political transition adopted by
key Pindo-nominated nations in Geneva in Jun 2012 including the five permanent UNSC members that has been the basis of subsequent Geneva talks. It starts with the establishment of a transitional governing body, vested with full executive powers, and ends with elections, and requires Assad to relinquish power at some unspecified point. Moallem made no mention of Assad stepping down as president and envisioned a military victory, something Russia, Pindostan and the UN say is impossible. Moallem said:
Our belief in victory is even greater now that the Syrian Arab Army is making great strides in its war against terrorism, with the support of the true friends of the Syrian people, notably the Russian Federation, Iran and the Lebanese national resistance (Hezbollah).
Moallem accused the Toads & Thanis of spreading “terrorism” in Syria by sending in “mercenaries equipped with the most sophisticated weapons.” He also accused the Turks of opening its border “to let in tens of thousands of terrorists from all over the world,” and providing them with military and logistical support. He reiterated the government’s condemnation “in the strongest possible terms” of a Pindo attack on a Syrian army site near Deir El-Zour airport on Sep 17, which he said allowed Daesh to gain control of the site. He said:
The Syrian government holds Pindostan fully responsible for this aggression, because facts show that it was an intentional attack, and not an error, even if the Pindostan claims otherwise.
Al-Moallem also accused Turkey of “flagrant aggression” for entering Syrian territory “under the pretext of countering terrorism” and said this “must be stopped immediately.