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Arms Flow Obstructs Talks: Jaafari

U.N. envoy says report omits important developments in the Syrian Golan
Arms Flow Obstructs Talks: Jaafari

Syria's permanent representative to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari said that the U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco has not provided a complete picture of the situation in the Middle East, especially with regard to the situation in the Syrian Golan.


Jaafari said that representatives of the U.N. secretariat have repeated the same mistakes in their monthly briefings of the UNSC, by ignoring discussions about the Syrian Golan and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) there.


Jaafari was speaking at a press conference following a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday.


He said the briefing had ignored the Qatari role in instructing terrorists to kidnap Filipino peacekeeping personnel in the Golan, as well as the issue of chemical weapons.


On the talks between Washington and Moscow in Geneva held on Tuesday, Jaafari said that as long as the U.S. administration and the EU "continue to prepare weapons to be sent to armed terrorist groups whom they call 'rebels', they won't come to the negotiating table, for they know that they are supported politically, militarily, financially and through media."


"Why would they come to negotiations in Geneva when they are getting millions of dollars from Qataris and Saudis and receiving logistical support from the Turkish government and weapons from Western powers?" he asked.


Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer


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