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Syria FM censures exploiting humanitarian sufferings of Syrians

Iran Press TV

Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:28PM

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has censured certain governments in the Middle East and the West for taking advantage of the humanitarian sufferings of Syrians to reach their political objectives.

In an address to the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Saturday, Muallem said Syria was being constantly blamed for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country, especially in the war-ravaged northern part, regardless of the fact that certain states favored the continued humanitarian catastrophe to advance their own objectives.

The Syrian foreign minister said Western governments continued to accuse the Syrian military of resorting to siege and starvation as a tactic of war, but at the same time supported militants to use people most affected by the conflict as human shields.

Muallem said Syria would spare no effort to put an end to the sufferings of Syrians and give them back their dignity. He also stated that the country faced a tough task of coping with systematic destruction by foreign-backed militants.

Israeli regime supporting terrorists

Elsewhere in his remarks, Muallem said Syria's confrontation with mercenary terrorism was not new as the country had for long confronted the terrorism of Israel, which occupied the Golan Heights in 1967.

He said Israel was intervening militarily and directly in Syria to assist terrorists operating in the Golan Heights.

The top Syrian diplomat called on the international community to pressure Israel to conform to UN resolutions that guarantee Syria's sovereignty over Golan.

"We hope that the UN could regain the trust of the people through upholding its Charter, which guarantees the protection of the country's sovereignty," Muallem stated.

'Recent US airstrike was intentional'

Muallem rejected claims by the United States that an airstrike a week ago on a Syrian army base in the east of the country was a mistake, saying the strike, which killed over 80 Syrian soldiers, was "intentional."

"The Syrian government holds the United States fully responsible for this aggression, because facts show that it was an intentional attack, and not an error, even if the United States claims otherwise," the Syrian foreign minister said.

Muallem reiterated Syria's commitment to moving forward with the UN-led peace process, saying, however, that the complicity of the US and its allies with the Takfiri Daesh terrorists and other militants was a major obstacle to honor pledges on the cessation of hostilities.

On September 9, Russia and the United States agreed on a milestone deal on the crisis in Syria after some 13 hours of marathon talks in the Swiss city of Geneva. The deal, which went into effect on September 12 and was initially agreed to last seven days, called for increased humanitarian aid for those trapped inside the northwestern city of Aleppo.

The Syrian army announced an end to the week-long ceasefire on September 19, when US-led coalition warplanes attacked a Syrian army base and an aid convoy was hit near the city.

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