DAMASCUS- Syrian Government on Monday accused its opponents and their Western allies of refusing to hold a political dialogue to resolve the crisis in the country.
In two identical letters addressed to the head of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General, the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that during the past few days, armed terrorist groups carried out attacks against innocent civilians and public and private property in Syria, particularly in Damascus and Aleppo.
Syria`s Foreign Ministry blamed that the failure of a dialogue to put a political process into motion is due to the terrorists´ refusal to take part.
The insurgents, openly backed with funds and weapons from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, have committed horrible crimes against innocent civilians in Damascus and Aleppo, said the Ministry.
The Ministry said “these armed terrorist group – which are backed openly with funds and weapons by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey – committed horrifying crimes against innocent civilians in Damascus and Aleppo and are still doing so in Aleppo, where a large number of these terrorist mercenaries gathered as their entry into Syria was facilitated by Turkey, and they occupied several crowded neighborhoods and used locals as human shields, killing everyone that doesn't support their crimes and forcing others to leave their homes at gunpoint.”
The letters added that in the wake of agreements reached at the end of the visit paid by UN/Arab League envoy Kofi Annan to Syria on July 8, on a series of measures to restore security and stability, but the opposition groups rejected taking part in a political solution through the six-point plan and the results of the Geneva meeting.
The Ministry said that it's regrettable that those who claim to care for Syria and for ending the bloodshed of its people never made any calls for terrorist groups to end their armed operations and join the political process requested by the UN and approved by Syria to end bloodshed.
The letters also noted that all the attempts made by the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) in cooperation with the Syrian government to launch a political process failed due to the terrorists' refusal to engage in any political process, adding that this shouldn't surprise anyone because the terrorists' representatives refused engaging in such a process and issued dozens of statements rejecting the six-point plan, the results of the Geneva meeting, and what was agreed upon during Annan's visit to Damascus.
The Ministry said that hypocritical voices are growing louder in the capitals conspiring against Syria – particularly in Ankara, Doha, Riyadh, Washington, Paris, London and Berlin – and that they're accusing the Syrian government of escalating the situation rather than accusing the terrorists who attacked Damascus, Aleppo and other cities in a desperate attempt to provide a political cover for the actions of these groups – which include terrorists from Arab and foreign countries – and to provide material and moral support for them and cover up their crimes.
The letters went on to elaborate that these capitals' support for the terrorist groups includes the calls made by these countries' officials to hold other meetings of the UNSC and General Assembly to discuss Syria, despite the fact that the Syrian government and law-enforcement forces are exercising their right to defend innocent civilians as per international law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, and the international agreement signed by the Syrian government and the UNSMIS in 19/4/2012, specifically item 16 of said agreement.
The Ministry said that the most surprising thing is that some international sides – specifically permanent and non-permanent members of the UNSC – decided to work outside the UNSC and its procedures, which means that they relinquished their responsibilities and that they aim to escalate the Syrian crisis to reach their well-known goals of altering Syria's principle positions, imposing political conditions on it that contradict its people's aspirations, and destroying the Syrian state.
The letters said that out of concern over the moral role of the UNSC and in compliance with the UN Charter, Syria calls on all UNSC members to demand that armed groups withdraw from the Syrian cities they attacked and cease their terrorism, and to demand that the countries supporting the terrorists cease their blatant tactics and support Annan's six-point plan and the agreement reached during Annan's meeting with the Syrian leadership in Damascus.
The Ministry concluded by saying that the Syrian government reiterates its commitment to carrying out Annan's plan and initiative and that that it welcomes the results of the Geneva meeting out of its declared belief that there is no solution for the Syrian crisis except through having the Syrian people's representatives engage in national dialogue to find a way out that ends bloodshed, protects Syrians' dignity, and guarantees the building of Syria's future and its stability through a Syrian decision and under a Syrian leadership.
Syria accused Turkey of facilitating and promoting the entry of mercenaries into the city of Aleppo, where they use the population as human shields, killing all those who oppose their crimes and forcing others to leave their houses at gunpoint.
The text also refers to the campaign launched in Western capitals, calling for actions against Damascus, ignoring the Syrian government's exertion of its prerogative to defend innocent civilians under international law, international humanitarian law and the agreement signed with the United Nations.
Syria urged those countries to demand the pullout of armed groups from the cities and to put an end to terrorism, and called on those supporting terrorism to abandon their tactics and support Annan`s plan and the agreement reached during the meeting of the UN envoy with Syrian leaders in Damascus.
In the past few days, France, a permanent member of the Security Council and its president through the month of August, expressed its determination to demand UNSC actions against Syria.