The issue of State sponsored terrorism, the foreign support of fanatical extremists, has jumped straight to the top of the international agenda following Saturday’s massacre of nearly 300 civilians.
In letters to the UN secretary-general and the head of the security council, the Syrian Foreign Ministry charged that terrorist organisations still receive support from countries in the region and worldwide.
This is despite the adoption last month of security council resolution 2254, which outlaws funding to terrorists, as part of the peace process.
The letters pointed out that Saturday’s barbaric attack by Islamic State (Isis) on the al-Bghailiye suburb of the eastern city of Deir el-Zour claimed the lives of more than 280 civilians, most of them women, children and elderly people.
The extremists also kidnapped more than 400 civilians from the district and carried them off to other areas.
The ministry pointed out that such atrocities could not occur without the funding, weapons and logistical support provided by the intelligence agencies of foreign states, particularly Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.
It also condemned France’s diplomatic rhetoric on the five-year civil war, accusing it of encouraging terrorists by “demonising the forces that are actually fighting terrorism.”
The letters called on the security council to enforce resolution 2254 against those states still aiding Isis and similar groups such as the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, the Army of Islam, the Army of Conquest and Ahrar al-Sham.