United Nations, June 07: Syria's Ambassador to the UN,
who holds this month's presidency of the Security Council,
faced some awkward moments when Israel demanded the Council
condemn Damascus' ties to the terrorist group which claimed
responsibility for Wednesday's car bomb attack.
It is astounding that Syria is brazenly supporting
attempts to subvert the anti-terrorism objectives of an
international body of which it itself is the President,
Israel's UN Ambassador Yehuda Lancry said yesterday.
Ramadan Shallah, leader of the Islamic Jihad which
claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in which 18
people were killed, is said to be based in Damascus.
At the closed-door meeting of the council, diplomats
said, members were unable to decide how to handle the
situation and finally even failed to agree on a bland draft.
Wehbe, at one stage, sought condemnation of Israel for
its incursion but did not press with it after the us sought a
balanced statement which will also condemn the suicide attack.
The Syrian ambassador denied his country supported
terrorism but did say it gave shelter to Palestinians who had
nowhere to go.