Assad terms UN resolution on Lebanon as ''mistake''
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday opened the two-day Syrian Expatriates Conference titled “With Expatriates for Development”.
Vice-Presidents Abdul-Halim Khaddam, Dr. Mohammad Zoheir Masharqa, Assistant Secretary General of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party (BASP) Abdullah al-Ahmar were among those attended the opening.
President al-Assad delivered a speech in which he reviewed internal topics and the latest Arab, regional and international developments.
In his speech, al-Assad said that nowadays people are living in a world under a state of chaos of wrong concepts and false idioms which increase the division among cultures and prepare for further wars and bloodshed.
“These concepts reversed facts where persons who are defending themselves and their homes were branded as terrorists, and those who are making and practicing terrorism were looked at as combatant against terrorism.” al-Assad said.
“The international institutions which were founded for benefit of the world and achieving peace and justice were transformed into tools in the hands of the super powers at the expense of smaller states to interfere in their internal affairs and bilateral relations of those countries.” he added.
The Syrian leader conveyed that under these conditions, the (UN Security Council) resolution 1559 (calling for withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon) was issued…"it was a surprise for many that such a draft resolution was presented to the Council…Syria is known for its constant support to the UN and its affiliated bodies, but this doesn’t mean that we don’t criticize the mistakes when there are any, particularly the double-standard policy when implementing those repositions, including the resolution 1559 which depicted as if it was issued to protect Lebanon’s independence."
Al Assad conveyed that "this resolution was not because of the extension of the term of office for (Lebanon's) President Emile Lahoud…the resolution was ready before some time…it aimed at other objectives away from what it had been submitted for…it aimed at internationalization of the Lebanese internal situation with its meanings, namely the return to the 1980s." (albawaba.com)
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