Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar behind plight of Syrians: Envoy

July 26, 2016 12:30 pm

Bashar al-Ja’afari, the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations (UN) (photo by AFP)

The Syrian ambassador to the
United Nations (UN), Bashar al-Ja’afari, says , and
are responsible for the plight of the Syrian people.

Speaking
at a UN Security Council session on the humanitarian situation in
, Ja’afari called on Riyadh, Ankara and Doha to stop supporting the
terrorist groups in his country.
He said there would be no end to
the suffering of the Syrian people through “political blackmail,”
asserting that the only way to bring an end to the war in the country is
fighting “terrorism.”
Ja’afari further said some countries deliberately ignore the real reason behind the humanitarian crisis in Arab Syria country.
He also criticized Ankara for standing idly and allowing the entry of tens of thousands of terrorists into Syria.
“We
appealed to the [UN Security] Council’s member states to help the
Syrian government put pressure on the Turkish government to seal its
borders… but nobody responded to that,” he said.
Turkey stands
accused of being among the main supporters of the militant groups
operating in Syria, with reports saying that Ankara actively trains and
arms the militants there and facilitates their safe passage into the
country.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011.
According
to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, over 400,000 people
have been killed in the Syrian conflict. The UN has stopped its official
casualty count in the Middle Eastern state, citing its inability to
verify the figures it receives from various sources.
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