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FM Spokesman, Jihad al-Makdissi (Archive)
FM Spokesman, Jihad al-Makdissi (Archive)

Syria: UN Secretary General's statement was Incomplete

(Omar al-Shaar | Dp-news)
DAMASCUS- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government appears to have hardened its position over the already remote possibility of a truce with the rebels.

Syrian regime rejected the call by the UN chief for it to declare a unilateral ceasefire, insisting that rebels fighting the government must stop the violence first, press reports said.

The Syrian regime rejected Wednesday a proposal made a day earlier by Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, that President al-Assad take the first step by declaring an immediate unilateral cease-fire, to be followed by a matching step from his armed opponents.

Jihad Makdissi, Foreign and Expatriates Ministry Spokesman,, said Wednesday in response that the insurgents must stop shooting first.

In a statement reported by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Makdissi said his government had told UN Secretary General Ban he should send emissaries to the countries arming the insurgents, and urge them “to use their influence to stop the violence from the other side, then informing the Syrian side of the results.”

Makdissi said that the UN Secretary General's statement in Paris yesterday on the implementation of unilateral ceasefire by the Syrian side during his talks in New York, and that the Syrian side has asked him about what is next is incomplete and contained half of the truth regarding what has really happened during the talks and here is the whole story.

Makdissi said that twice during the abortive UN military observer mission deployed to Syria between April and the end of August, the government had implemented a ceasefire.

“The UN Secretary General proposed implementing unilateral ceasefire and, in the same session, the Syrian side informed him that the Syrian Arab Republic has already implemented this proposal twice. The first time was during the work of the Arab Observers Mission headed by al-Dabi and the second one was on April 12th in the presence of the UN Observers Mission to Syria and in line with Mr. Kofi Annan's six-point plan.” SANA statement said Wednesday.

“In both times, the armed groups exploited the commitment of the Syrian government to expand their armed deployment in some areas and since then human losses among military and civilians doubled due to the terrorist operations carried out by these groups in violation of the truce.” the statement added.

“In light of what has been said, we agreed with the UN Secretary General on that the truce aims at creating appropriate atmosphere for the desired political dialogue and not to undermine Syria's stability and exploit the commitment of the Syrian state. Therefore we asked the Secretary General to send his envoys to the countries concerned, especially Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey which fund, harbor, train and arm the armed groups to ensure these countries' commitment to refrain from such acts, since they have influence on the armed groups, and to use their power to halt violence by the other side.” SANA said.

Makdissi “added that the Syrian side asked to be informed on the outcome of the UN Secretary General's efforts to discuss them with its leadership and make necessary arrangements,” according to the statement.

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, urged the Syrian regime on Tuesday to declare an immediate truce to bring an end to the conflict that he said had left 20,000 dead over the last 19 months.

"It is causing serious risks to the stability of Syria's neighbors and the entire region," he said.

Ban said "It is unbearable for the Syrian people to continue like this. That is why I have conveyed to the Syrian government a strong message that they should immediately declare a unilateral ceasefire."

"The escalation of the conflict, along the Syrian-Turkish border and the impact of the crisis on Lebanon are extremely dangerous. This is a regional calamity with global ramifications. I am deeply concerned by the continued flow of arms to both the Syrian government and opposition forces.” he added.

Ban also urged "the opposition forces to agree to this unilateral ceasefire when and if the Syrian government declares it" and he called on countries supplying arms to either side to stop in order to ease the suffering of the Syrian people.

"I urge again those countries providing arms to stop doing so," he said. "Militarization only aggravates the situation."

Makdissi's comments came as reports about continued heavy shelling, as Syrian troops backed by warplanes and combat helicopters launched attacks on rebel-held areas.

All international efforts to stop the Syrian conflict have so far failed. Now in the 19th month of civil war, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates the current death toll at more than 30,000 lives.
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