UN mission in Hands of Countries which Arm Terrorists in Syria


Al-Moallem: Key to Make Brahimi's Mission a Success is in the Hands of Countries which Fund and Arm Terrorists in Syria

Oct 02, 2012

NEW YORK, (SANA) – Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem affirmed that the key to make the mission of UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi a success lies having Syria's neighboring countries, other countries and the west cease their support and harboring of terrorists, warning that the US and all those who support terrorism are bound to get a taste of its poison.

In an interview on al-Mayadine TV broadcast in full on Monday, October 01, 2012 al-Moallem voiced confidence that the tolerant and patriotic Syrian people will overcome the crisis by engaging in a comprehensive national reconciliation that would reconstruct the Syrian social fabric and build a better future for Syria and its children.

The Minister pointed out that the positions of countries that Syria considers sides in the conspiracy against it haven't changed based on what he witnessed during the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly, noting that there were other grey positions that have now shifted to supporting Syria, demanding ending violence and finding a polticial, peaceful solution to the situation in Syria through comprehensive national dialogue.

On the calls of the Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi for implementing Chapter VII of the UN Security Council against Syria, al-Moallem said "the reason for his obsession with Chapter VII could be his jealousy from his predecessor and his work in Libya."

Al-Moallem said that al-Arabi should remember that more than 100 resolutions were issued by the UN and the Security Council against Israel and none of them were under Chapter VII. adding "I don't know why he insists on chapter VII when he knows that it will be exploited to wage a military action against Syria."‬

Responding to a question on "loss of legitimacy," al-Moallem said that those who talk about this are either ignorant and need to cement their own legitimacy, or members of the conspiracy against Syria who infringe upon the Syrian people's right to determine their own future, adding that even Security Council resolutions affirmed that the people alone have the right to decide their own future.

"No-one in the world can decide who leads Syria other than the Syrian people… this is a delusion they need to abandon unless their goal is to extend the crisis, which I believe to be the most likely," he added.

On his meeting with Ibrahimi, al-Moallem said that Syria supported the Envoy's mission and was optimistic due to his considerable diplomatic experience, stressing that there are guidelines which constitutes rights for Syria; first of them is maintaining sovereignty and territorial integrity and preventing foreign interference, and second is acknowledging the Syrian people's right to deice their own present and future.

"No-one can overcome this truth… other than that, we cooperate with Ibrahimi in any way that can lead to the success of his mission," he said.

Al-Moallem said that one of the keys to the success of Brahimi's mission  is in Damascus while another is abroad; specifically in the hands of Syria's neighboring countries which are harboring, arming and supporting the armed terrorist groups in Syria with funds and media, adding "if Brahimi didn't get real commitments from neighboring countries, and before that from the USA which is running the entire game, then he will face the same problems that faced Kofi Annan… I am confident that Ibrahimi has good intentions and determination to succeed in his mission, and we in Syria will provide all that could lead to its success."

Answering a question about Brahimi's next visit to Syria, al-Moallem said "It came to my knowledge that it will be in the next few days, and it will be a regional visit.''

On the initiatives launched for solving the crisis in Syria, including the so-called 'Quartet' that the Egyptian president spoke about and his assessment of these initiatives, al-Moallem said that Syria welcomes in principle all well-intentioned initiatives that seek to put an end to the current situation, ''But first, it is no longer a 'quartet', for as I understood, Saudi Arabia did not attend Cairo nor New York meeting, but let me ask, does Turkey have well intentions? This needs to be substantiated on the ground as the bulk of the raging violence in Syria comes from Turkey.''

''In Syria, we are looking forward to the best of relations with the Turkish people, and in our approach to Turkey, we tend to differentiate between the Turkish people and Erdogan's government…It's Erdogan's government who is antagonistic to us not the Turkish people with whom we share deep-rooted historical friendship and broad economic interests that were undermined by Erdogan government,'' al-Moallem said.

Al-Moallem added ''Concerning the situation in Turkey, we are informed that that there is dissatisfaction with Erdogan's policies towards Syria, which is real, as they persist in denying hosting, training and arming armed terrorist groups. In Syria, they have brought terrorist organizations from Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Afghanistan to fight in Syria, some of which were misled into believing that they were sent to fight in Palestine.''

Asked about the Syrian Arab army's right to pursue armed groups infiltrating into Syria from neighboring countries, and whether this might lead to a volatile regional situation, al-Moallem said ''It was Turkey who introduced this precedent in international relations through pursuing PKK members in northern Iraq. As for Syria, we are committed to good neighborliness with our neighbors, namely Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, and we say that border control must happen through mutual cooperation,'' warning that exporting terrorism will backfire on those exporting it, which makes cooperation in border control through diplomatic the best way to fix the problem.

Replying to a question on Qatar's gas and oil aspirations and whether the Qatari interference is predicated on its intention to provide a pipeline passing through Saudi Arabia, Akaba, Syria, Turkey and Bulgaria with the aim to vie with the Russian gas and oil, al-Moallem said ''I haven't heard about this before, and Qatar has not asked for Syria's agreement…this is journalistic analysis…Second, we have an interest in pipelines passing through Syria as we are receiving fees, and I don't know of the reasons behind Qatar's transformation from close relations between the two leaderships to enmity that permits killing Syrians.''

''Qatar is allocating millions of dollars for killing the Syrian people and destroying the infrastructure in Syria,'' al-Moallem said.

Al-Moallem observed that when asking Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos on the funds that the GCC countries donated to help the Syrian people, Amos replied ''Not one dollar.''

The Minister said, "They are paying billions of dollars to kill the Syrian people and destroy the infrastructure, but they do not pay one dollar to help the Syrian people…. I believe that they are suffering from a problem in their mentalities because any one who sees the destruction in Syria would say that it is crazy."

Concerning the opposition's conferences in Syria and the talk about an international conference to discuss the Syrian issue, al-Moallem said, "Two national opposition's conferences were held in Damascus, and as a government, we facilitated these conferences… several months ago the Russian friends offered a preparatory dialogue with the opposition in Moscow and we welcomed the idea as we did with the Iranian friends. Again we call on all national opposition factions to meet in Damascus in the framework of a comprehensive national dialogue with an open agenda and with no preconditions, but it should be based on rejecting foreign interference."

Minister al-Moallem added, "The security solution was imposed on us. The Government has a duty to defend its people and infrastructure; it is not my favorite as I am still committed to a peaceful national comprehensive political solution in which all Syrian people take part to plan the present and the future of Syria".

Answering a question on the readiness of the government in Syria for early elections under international supervision on the presidential term as a part of the comprehensive solution, Al-Moallem said, "First, there is a constitution that was adopted recently and parliamentary elections were held according to it. This constitution remains in effect until a dialogue is held and produces ideas and agreement on constitutional amendments that are put to public referendum. The current constitution stipulates for presidential elections in 2014".

As for the international supervision, al-Moallem said, "this issue is still too early, and we will leave it for the national dialogue as proposing this issue would affect the honesty of elections."

I reply to a question on whether there would be flexibility if an internal consensus is reached through a comprehensive national conference regarding any proposals, including an amendment of the presidential term and allowing candidates for presidency, al-Moallem said ''Of course, this will be possible for everyone according to parliamentary rules, and each parliamentary block will be able to name a candidate, and we haven't said that president al-Assad will be the sole candidate.''

Concerning the citizens who were forced to leave their homes, al-Moallem said, "We know those people were forced by the armed terrorist groups to leave their houses. Some of them stayed inside Syria, others went across the borders. Unfortunately, camps in remote areas were built for them… on behalf of the Syrian government, I call on those citizens to go back to their houses and village, and the state would guarantee their security and would offer them help."

Al-Moallem pointed out that everyone in Syria could suffer a bad security condition, but "That doesn't mean that we should leave the country."

He said that the parties behind the crisis in Syria planned for two options; military and economic, adding that when they failed in repeating the Libyan scenario in Syria, they opted for a policy of imposing sanctions and wanted to substitute the military option with the economic through economic sanctions and vandalism of infrastructure to topple the Syrian regime, "But the Syrians are aware of all of that. Syria is a rich country as it possesses a strategic stockpile of wheat, food, medicine and the basic needs of citizens that enable us to withstand sanctions," al-Moallem added.

Answering a question on alleged US-Syrian communications on the WMDs, Minister al-Moallem said that former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell made perjurious statements at the UN Security Council on WMDs in Iraq in the aftermath of the US war under the pretext of WMDs which proved baseless, adding that "Allegations of chemical weapons in Syria are fabricated by the US administration. Assuming that such weapons exist in Syria, is it believable that we could use them against our own people? That's nonsense."

"We said that we are ready to sign the Chemical Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty if Israel signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. That doesn't mean that Syria possesses a chemical arsenal or plans to use such weapons against its people. These nonsensical allegations were made to launch a campaign against Syria similar to the campaign against Iraq."

Al-Moallem stressed that there has never been dialogue between Syria and the US on chemical weapons, adding that there have not been attempts to discuss this topic on the sidelines of the New York meetings or the issues that could make the US reconsider its policies toward Syria.

Al-Moallem said "I don't want to be irrational like the US officials in answering this question. First of all, the US elections is the choice of the US people, no  one abroad has the right to decide whether Obama or Romney is better. Unlike the USA, We don't make mistakes against the USA."

Al-Moallem wondered what could make the USA change its stances toward Syria, adding "From my experience, the Americans don't ask specialists in the region's affairs about the interests of the USA…They ask the Israelis about their interests…The Israeli interests are top priority for the USA."

He stressed that the interests of Israel are being achieved today as the Syrian blood is being shed and the Syrian infrastructure institutions sabotaged.

"The last terrorist act targeting the Military Staff building in Damascus wasn't condemned by the UN Security Council because the West, especially the USA, UK and France encourage such acts," he added.

Al-Moallem said he wasn't surprised that the West didn't condemn this terrorist attack, adding that "The USA will get a taste of the terrorism's poison which it is supporting. "Apparently they didn't learn from Afghanistan, when in the 1980s they were calling Ben Laden and his group freedom fighters, then they became terrorists. USA got a taste of their poison in 11 September."

He stressed that the Israelis are embroiling the USA in the region and are harming Washington interests in order for them to achieve theirs, adding that it is a common knowledge that the so-called "Arab Spring" serves Israel.

On the possibility of healing the wounds inflicted upon the Syrian society after 18 months of sectarian and racist incitement, al-Moallem said that "We didn't reach a stage of sectarian or civil war..There is a struggle between the Syrian army and armed terrorist groups. I believe the Syrians are tolerant people. The Syrians don't ask anyone about his religion or sect..This was brought to Syria by the USA after invading Iraq."

He said that restoring national unity is possible through a comprehensive national reconciliation, adding that the Ministry of National Reconciliation was established because without reconciliation it is hard to restore this unity, adding that the Ministry will have enormous tasks in the future.

Al-Moallem underscored that the reconciliation efforts started in Homs, which was a center of terrorist acts and destruction, adding that "We are looking forward for similar efforts in the future…An amnesty decree was issued for the persons who surrendered their weapons."

''It is possible in the foreseeable future, when a mutual vision in reached and violence is stopped, that there would be a comprehensive amnesty decree that paves the way for national reconciliation,'' al-Moallem said.

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