Syria: Turkey using observation posts to back terrorists
Iran Press TV
Saturday, 29 February 2020 2:03 AM
Syria's ambassador to the United Nations tells an emergency UN Security Council meeting that Turkey uses the observation posts it has set up in the Arab country's northwest to level support for terrorists.
Speaking during the Friday session, Bashar al-Ja'afari strongly condemned the Turkish aggression against Syria, and urged the world body to put an end to Ankara's adventurism.
Turkey has 12 observation posts in Syria's Idlib Province, built as part of an agreement with Russia to de-escalate the situation near the Turkish border. Some of the posts, however, now lie in the territory that has been recaptured in joint Russo-Syrian efforts.
Ankara, which itself supports a number of anti-Damascus militant outfits in Idlib, claims that Syrian offensives there have killed dozens of its troops. It has threatened to attack the Syrian military unless government forces abandoned the liberated areas, and asked Moscow to "stop" Damascus.
Turkey has, meanwhile, sent thousands of troops and heavy military hardware into Idlib in an unprecedented incursion to back the militants.
Damascus, though, has vowed to liberate the entire Syria, including Idlib, which contains the largest remaining concentrations of Takfiri terrorists in the Arab country.
The meeting came after reports claimed that a Russia-backed Syrian operation had been followed by the death of 33 Turkish forces.
Russia's ambassador Vasily Nebenzya, however, noted that the troops had been killed outside their designated observation posts.
He said Turkish troops shared coordinates with Russia, which were then given to Syrian government forces, to avoid conflict on the ground. However, "the coordinates conveyed yesterday did not mention the areas where ultimately the Turkish soldiers died," the envoy said.
Russia: Fighting terrorism Syria's right
Nebenzya also emphasized that the Syrian army had a right to fight terrorists anywhere in the country, and regretted that terrorists in Syria were armed with the latest Western-made military equipment.
"In response to the ongoing violations of the ceasefire regime within the zone of Idlib, the Syrian army certainly has the right to respond and suppress terrorists," he stated. "We cannot forbid the Syrian army to fulfill requirements, stipulated by the UN Security Council resolutions on the unconditional fight against terrorism in all of its forms, particularly on its territory - the territory of sovereign Syria," Nebenzya added.
US Ambassador Kelly Craft, however, called on Russia "to immediately ground its warplanes" and demanded that "all Syrian forces and their Russian backers to withdraw."
Moscow began lending aerial support to Syria's counter-terrorism efforts in September 2016, five years after the Arab nation fell victim to widespread foreign-backed violence. The airpower, alongside military advisory support offered by Iran, helped Syria turn the tables on terrorists.
On February 20, Bloomberg cited a senior Turkish official as saying that Ankara had asked Washington to deploy two Patriot missile batteries on its southern border to be used against Russian-backed Syrian soldiers.
Speaking on Thursday, Ja'afari warned against attempts at turning the Security Council into a platform for provision of support for the Turkish aggression against Syria.
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