Security Council Must Shoulder its Responsibilities in Fighting Terrorism: Foreign Ministry

Syrian government calls on UN Security Council to denounce the recent terrorist attacks in Lattakia and assume its responsibilities in countering terrorism

Syria’s foreign ministry addressed two identical letters to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the Security Council regarding the terrorist attacks which took place in Lattakia on Tuesday, resulting in the death and injury of a large number of civilians.

In the letters, the ministry said that on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, members of Nusra Front and the Ahrar al-Sham Movement fired two Katyusha rockets at residential neighborhoods in Lattakia city. The first rocket landed in al-Awqaf neighborhood and the other in front of Tishreen University during peak hour, claiming the lives of over 23 civilians and injuring more than 40 others, in addition to damaging public and private property.

The ministry said the crime is the latest in a series of heinous terrorist acts that have targeted Syrian cities, villages and innocent civilians for more than four years. The letters noted that such indiscriminate crimes could not have happened without the persistence of Western countries in the Security Council in averting their eyes from terrorist crimes, nor could they have happened without the generous support, funds, weapons, and munitions provided to terrorists by states such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

The Ministry stressed the Syrian government once more calls upon the Security Council to denounce the terrorist attack on Lattakia and to shoulder its responsibilities in fighting terrorism by implementing its resolutions on counter-terrorism.

The letters concluded by asserting the need for states to fulfill their moral and legal obligations in combating terrorism, and by affirming the need for the Security Council to take immediate deterrent measures against states that sponsor and support terrorism so that security and peace in the region and the world may be preserved.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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