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Damascus accused Ankara of economic terrorism

28.01.2013 09:30

Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN, Bashar Jaafari accused Turkey of economic terrorism. According to the diplomat, 1,5 thousands units of pharmaceutical and industrial equipment were smuggled to the neighboring territory from Syria's economic center, the city of Aleppo, which not the first month remains a scene of fierce fighting between government forces and opposition fighters.

?The Turkish government has taken advantage of the Syrian people's suffering by having engaged in filibustering and economic terrorism, dismantled and taken out from Aleppo to its territory about 1,500 units of pharmaceutical and industrial equipment,? said Jaafari, who demanded from the UN Security Council to react to these facts and insist on the return of property to rightful owners and compensation payments.

The Syrian diplomat also condemned the hypocrisy of the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who a few days ago demanded from the ?imperialist states? to return the valuable taken out from Africa during the colonial rule. ?Erdogan must urge his government to return the loot to Syria and stop actions that affect the good neighborly relations between the two countries,? said Bashar Jaafari.

Recall, Syrian MFA on January 10 sent a message to the UN Security Council, in which it advised the international community of looting by militants of about 1,000 factories and businesses in the commercial and industrial center of Aleppo. Equipment and goods, as stated in the paper were then smuggled into Turkey.

In this case, the border authorities of the neighboring country did not impede this, the message says. In accordance with international law, Syrian MFA demands from the UN to take measures in respect to Ankara, to oblige the Turkish government to return the stolen property and pay compensation to the owners of businesses that had been damaged.

Recall, the armed conflict between government forces and the opposition continues in Syria since March 2011. According to various sources, during this time 20 to 30 thousand people were killed in the country. The national authorities claim they uncover resistance of well-armed militants, supported by outside.