Syria’s foreign minister accused Turkey of being one of the main sponsors of terror in his country and the region, and said it is guilty of a war crime and a crime against humanity” for cutting water to more than a dozen towns that resisted Turkish occupation, reported news agency PTI.
In unusually harsh language, Walid al-Moallem said the Turkish regime reigns supreme” when it comes to sponsors and financiers of terrorism.”
He said in a prerecorded speech to the first-ever high-level meeting of the U.N. General Assembly held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic that the cutoff of water supplies endangered civilian lives, especially during the coronavirus crisis.
The nine-year Syrian conflict, which initially began as a civil war, later became a regional proxy fight. Turkey, which now controls a zone in northern Syria, has backed opposition fighters against Syrian President Bashar Assad, Syrian Kurdish fighters and the Islamic State extremist group.
Al-Moallem also accused Turkey of moving terrorists and mercenaries referred to by some as `moderate opposition’ — from Syria to Libya,” violating Iraq’s sovereignty, using refugees as bargaining chips against Europe and laying claim by force to energy resources in the Mediterranean.
The current Turkish regime has become a rogue and outlaw regime under international law, the Syrian minister said.
Its policies and actions, which threaten the security and stability of the whole region, must be stopped.
Turkey’s U.N. Mission said it rejects Syrian regime’s delusional statement, ridden with ludicrous allegations, in its entirety.
It ‘s shameful and unacceptable that the murderous Syrian regime which lost its legitimacy long ago continues to misuse (the) U.N. General Assembly general debate to distort the facts, said a mission spokesperson, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Syrian regime is responsible for death, mutilation, abduction, starvation and enforced disappearance of millions of Syrians,” the spokesperson said.
Its crimes against humanity, violations of international humanitarian law and the war crimes have been documented in countless U.N. reports.