UN points at Iran over Syria arms sales

2012-08-22 20:21

New York - Iran appears to be supplying Syria with weapons, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as the 17-month conflict that began as a popular uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad slides deeper into civil war.

The UN accusation backs charges by Western officials that Iran is providing funds, weapons and intelligence support to Assad in his bid to crush the opposition. Syrian rebels also say Tehran has sent Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah fighters.

"The Secretary-General has repeatedly expressed his concern about the arms flows to the two parties in Syria, which in some cases appear to violate resolution 1747 passed by this council banning arms exports under Chapter 7 authority," UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the UN Security Council.

Resolution 1747 bans arms exports by Iran under Chapter 7 of the UN charter, which allows the Security Council to authorise actions ranging from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military intervention.

The resolution was passed in response to Iran's defiance of UN demands that it halt its nuclear enrichment program. Iran rejects allegations by Western nations and their allies that it is developing nuclear weapons.

"Both the government and the opposition are focusing on military operations and the use of force, with government forces using heavy weapons on population centres," Feltman told the Security Council during a regular briefing on the Middle East.

"The Syrian people are suffering grievously from the appalling further militarisation of this conflict," he said.

The United Nations has said more than 18 000 people have died and some 170 000 people have fled the country as a result of the fighting in Syria. UN aid chief Valerie Amos said last week that up to 2.5 million people in Syria needed aid.

A UN Security Council panel of independent experts that monitors sanctions against Iran has uncovered several examples of Iran transferring arms to Syria's government. Damascus has accused Qatar and Saudi Arabia of arming rebels determined to topple Assad's government.


  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-22 20:47

    The one terrorist supplying the other terrorist !!

      dawood.timol - 2012-08-22 21:54

      yah, US supplying Israel

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-23 09:09

      Dawood is a genocidal racist. He wants all Jewish people to be exterminated. His words on this website.

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-22 21:27

    Well as soon as the west stops supplying arms into Syrian terrorists, it is fair game for the government to get weapons too. Sad part, the Syrians alone are dying.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-23 09:10

      Sad, Imam doesn't get it that the West is doing virtually nothing, and for eleven months Syrians and their families were being butchered by the self-styled bloody surgeon of Syria.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-22 21:49

    The UN and its sidekicks is nothing but the attack dog of western powers. There was a blanket arms embargo in Libya sanctioned by the UNSC and yet France and the decadent Gulf monarchies sent arms to that country and were never sanctioned for this deliberate contravention. The UN should just disband, it's a useless political talk shop! "Unanimously adopting resolution 1970 (2011) under Article 41 of the Charter’s Chapter VII, the Council authorized all Member States to seize and dispose of military-related materiel banned by the text." Why should any self respecting country heed what this useless body says.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-23 05:39

      You can get angry with whomever you want, it does not take away the fact, that you support a dictator/mass murderer. A tyrant who fires rockets into apartment blocks, who bombs oppostion strongholds from the air, and whose army of thugs, shoot with life amunition on unarmed women and children. It is soo easy to be in a 'free' country, sitting behind your computer, belly full, fridge full, and at the slightest unfamiliar sound, phone 10111, and than spewing out hatred , day in, day out, for what even your own country stands for. Cause it are these same priciples , you take for granted in SA, that the Syrians are demandingfor themselves. They ALSO want to post comments on the internet, to show their frustrations and desires for a better life. But , if THEY do so, they will end up DEAD!! FOR SOMEONE , TO ABUSE HER OWN FREEDOM, TO DENY OTHERS SAME, IS DISPICABLE AND SICKENING.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-23 07:16

      In case you haven't noticed, there are several threads on Syria, reporting on different issues regarding that conflict, and this one is about the illegal shipment of arms into that country and how the UN views that. Now are you able to stick to the point at debate here, rather than throwing pointless obstacles in the way to obscure it. You keep typing in capitals randomly thinking it makes your point more right. It doesn't, you just come off as desperately shouting. Having a caps lock seizure?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-23 07:34

      for someone, to abuse her own freedom, to deny others same, is dispicable and sickening

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-23 07:42

      You are not debating, you are trolling. Do try and post something with at least some pretensions to intellectual honesty.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-23 08:32

      Fidel believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. His words, in the US/Mandela thread. The thoughts he expresses come from this awfully deluded mindset.

      joseph.motloung.3 - 2012-08-23 12:54

      @AnthonyfromAfrica Yet again you have lost the plot. Not that I find it suprising. Independent journalists have pointed out that the atrocities committed in Syria, particularly large parts of the Houla atrocities were carries out by the rebels who are funded by you're godfathers the west. Suadi Arabia has been crushing a peacefull rebellion against the Dictator Abdullah. Syria did not provide weapons to those opposing this dictatorship but they are arming the Al-qaeda terrorists who are not even Syrian citizens. It was also revealed that Qatar tried to bribe Syria's ambassador to Mauritania to entice him to defect. Its has also been revealed that more than 40% of those fighting the regime are not Syrians. When they entered Alleppo they killed supporters of president Assad, they even posted the video of that savage act on the internet. President Assad carried out a referendum to abolish the monopoly of hi Baath party and the creation of new political parties and allowing anyone to run for the presidency. The west rejected the move even thou it was supported by the PEOPLE of Syria who overwhelmingly chose Assad

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-23 13:09

      Here's an interesting article showing how little the support of these terrorists is in Aleppo, and to an extent in the whole of Syria.

  • shane.loxton - 2012-08-23 08:27

    In 2006, Iran and Syria signed a mutual defense treaty in response to the growing possibility of conflict with the West. Both countries are highly inclined to fulfill this treaty, and it would seem that Iran is already doing so, at least financially, as Syria spirals into civil war. In fact, the U.S. supported insurgency in Syria was likely developed in order to strain or test the mutual aid treaty. Given that the CFR is now applauding Al-Qaeda for its efforts in destabilizing the country, I hardly find it outlandish to suggest that the entire rebellion is being at least loosely organized by NATO interests to either draw Iran into open military support of Assad and a weakening proxy war, or to remove Syria from the equation in preparation for a strike on Iran itself (take notice that whenever the mainstream media shows images of Syrian rebels, they are always smiling or looking valiant with guns held high; a typical subliminal tactic used to paint them as “the good guys”):

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-23 09:13

      Shane too is delusional. To him unelected dictators and illegitimate regimes are to be admired, supported and honored. That the election-rigging, woman-stoning, terrorism-funding, holocaust-denying, Palestinian abusing Iranian regime enters into a treaty with the brutal, unelected dictator of Syria is something to be honored. Talk about being out there on the perimeter of humanity. Hey Shane, the world is moving this way, towards more freedom and human rights, not less. Hello!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-23 09:42

      I don't think we should sweat too much or try forecast too far on heresy, this is the realm of conspiracy and logical hopscotch. Take comfort from the knowledge that there are no explicit cases of two democracies going to war with each other ,(Britain declared war on Finland in December 1941. Both countries were parliamentary democracies at the time but hostilities were not started.) By far the best record of any governance structure. Just contrast that to where these conflicts and uprisings take place and you'll notice the trend of opposition to authoritarian/autocratic and fascist rule. Add to that modern communications , global accessability, young demographics , economic hardship ,censorship and you have pressure for reform and revolt. China has managed this exceptionally to avoid this (the great chinese firewall still remains though). As these autocrats and relics from the 19th century start forseeing their end their attacks on the core of democratic values become more fierce. Silly things like subliminal messages in media , erosions of things like free speech , freedom of the press and capitulation to serfdom . Have a close look at Ba'athism or the theocracy of Iran and tell me if its not affront to your core values (its slavery!No choice , no freedoms). US this and that has very little to do with the aspirations for freedoms and universal sufferage in Syria ,its periphery noise , topic changing, a sign of lack of arguement and most importantly masochistic .

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-08-23 10:35

    fred unlike u and your ilk i do not reverent to personal attacks and opinions but based on facts of which all your rants ravings accusation and ramblings never seem to do. you always post with no backing or intelligence and revert to personal attacks to detract from the facts. You state i admire support this Assad person but in none of my posts have I stated this or said so i rest my case

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-23 15:15

      There is no personal attack on you. Stating that you are delusional is an observation that you distort reality. Not once have you come out against what Assad is doing. Not once. Instead you legitimize his regime, and that of Iran, even when all the countries on Earth barring 12 have declared Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down. You are delusional.

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