23 May 2019

Damascus hasn't received info on US troops' withdrawal

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The Non-Aligned Movement is based on the principles of sovereignty, respect for territorial integrity, equality and non-interference in the internal affairs of the countries and the non-use of violence, said Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Bashar Jaafari. informs citing Sputnik.

He made these remarks at the Non-Aligned Movement Mid-Term Ministerial Conference, titled “Promoting international peace and security for sustainable development”, in Baku on Friday, APA reports.

“But some NAM member states go beyond these principles, violating the principles of the Non-Aligned Movement and the UN Charter," Jaafari noted.

He stressed that these factors negatively affect the historical role of the organization.

"All this requires us to be even stronger. One of the biggest problems facing the region is the spread of terrorism by arms supplies and financial support of some NAM member states," the Syrian envoy added.

Last week, Donald Trump revealed that the US would soon withdraw from Syria, however, there was no confirmation from the president's administration or the Pentagon. On Tuesday, Trump reiterated his stance, adding that these plans will be discussed with coalitions' allies and countries of the region.

On Turkey's Military Operation in Northern Syria

Syria hopes that the Russia-Iran-Turkey talks on Syrian resolution will lead to withdrawal of Turkish forces from Syria, Jaafari said Friday.

"We hope that this trilateral mechanism will exert necessary pressure on the Turkish government to withdraw its forces from northern Syria which is currently occupied by Turkish forces," he told reporters.

Damascus is still working on its list of candidates to the Syrian constitutional commission in cooperation with Moscow and Tehran, the timeframe is still unclear, Jaafari said.
“No, no, the work is still underway,” Jaafari said on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement ministerial conference, when asked whether Damascus had submitted its list of candidates to the constitutional commission.

When asked about the timeframe for the work related to the commission’s launch, the diplomat said that it was still unclear, noting that Damascus was “working with both Russia and Iran on this.”

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