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Al-Ja’afari underlines the need to put an end to politicization of the humanitarian issue in Syria

Syria's permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar Al-Ja’afari, underlined the need for the countries - that have pledged and committed to respect international law and to preserve international peace and security- to put an end to the politicization of the humanitarian issue in Syria and support the efforts exerted in the humanitarian and development fields.

 Dr. Al-Ja’afari called for the rejection of the political conditions and dictates imposed by some countries that aim at obstructing the reconstruction efforts and the repatriation of the displaced.


 During the UN Security Council’s  video session today on the humanitarian situation in Syria, Al-Ja’afari noted that some members of the council have insisted upon their hostility to Syria and as a result they are  completely unable to play any positive and constructive role towards the situation in Syria and the region. The evidence of this is the pressure being imposed on the UNSC by countries seeking to turn it into a platform for NATO against Syria.

 Dr. Al-Ja’afari asserted that the UN Security Council must address the causes of the crisis in Syria, which would contribute in restoring stability and improving the humanitarian situation. Ending the US-Turkish occupation and putting an end to its crimes- mainly the destruction of the infrastructure, the looting of Syrian wealth and the burning of its agricultural crops- are the main causes of the crisis in Syria, Al-Ja’afari added, calling for supporting the efforts of the state and its allies to combat terrorism and lift the unilateral coercive measures.

 Al-Jaafari said that some parties in the UNSecurity Council are preparing again a draft resolution to extend the effects of Resolution 2165 on cross-border work, reiterating Syria’s rejection of such decisions that are far from the supposed humanitarian goals and that aim at serving the agendas of countries hostile to Syria and targeting the Syrian sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.

 Al-Jaafari pointed out that Resolution 2165 was an exceptional temporary measure taken by the Security Council in certain circumstances that no longer exist. This Resolution is not applicable anymore or strengthened by including additional crossings in the resolution because this will serve interests of the occupation and threaten the sovereignty  of the Syrian territories. Dr. Al-Ja’afari added that "OCHA" is able to work from inside Syria and use the approved official crossings to enter aid, including Albukamal and Nassaib crossing points and Aleppo and Qamishli airports, instead of wasting time in "OCHA" misleading reports.

 The UN Security Council must support efforts to combat terrorism and lift unilateral coercive measures that affect not only the lives of millions of Syrians, but also aim to "fragment Syria" and this is confirmed by the so-called "Caesar Act" that excluded Syria’s North East regions from its rules.

 Addressing the delegates of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries at the UN Security Council, al-Ja’afari said: Do you support international law and the United Nations Charter, or do you support the American-Turkish-Israeli occupation of parts of Syria? Do you respect what the Council’s decisions stipulated about Syria’s sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity, or do you support the endeavors aimed at destabilizing security and stability in our region? Do you believe in the feasibility of combating terrorism and ridding civilians of the control of terrorist organizations, or do you prefer terrorism when it serves your agendas?

Al-Ja’afari added: Do you believe in the principles of humanitarian action, or that besieging, intimidating and fighting the Syrians in their food are easy matters for you as long as they serve the interests and agendas of some? How do you explain your silence about Erdogan preventing humanitarian aid convoys from getting inside Syria to the areas he occupies as it is the case with regard to the convoy that was supposed to go to the Atarib town, which Syria agreed to on April 14 and has not been implemented by ‘OCHA’ until now. If you prevent the UN Security Council from carrying out its primary responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security, what is the alternative international reference that they can be counted on the principles and purposes of the United Nations.

Al-Ja’afari stressed that some Western countries that are trying to market themselves as a model of humanity and ethics failed in this, which was confirmed by these countries’ disregard of the call of the UN Secretary-General on March 25 to reduce unilateral coercive measures.

Al-Ja’afari stressed Syria’s position on what is called ‘Brussels Donor Conferences’, as they are merely publicity activities aimed at serving the agendas of some of the organizing countries to politicize humanitarian work and to impose its politicized conditions.

 He asserted that Syria does not recognize any meetings or initiatives held around it without its participation and coordination and renews its call for the United Nations not to participate in such conferences in order to preserve its role and respect for humanitarian standards.

Al-Ja’afari concluded by saying: The invitation of the Presidency of the UN Security Council to false witnesses to provide a briefing to the Council,whether regarding the humanitarian or political situation or the chemical file, does not serve the noble issue that the Presidency has focused on dealing with for more than a hundred sessions so far.

 The invitation is deliberate misuse of the Council’s mechanisms in order to mislead its members and distort the facts. The invitation confirms the extent of hostility of the enemies of Syria in the Security Council, and their frustration with the failure of their bet on terrorism and sanctions throughout the crisis time.

 Al-Ja’afari added that whoever talks about the humanitarian situation anywhere must be at a high level of honesty and be educated with the provisions of the Charter, the rules of speech and communication.


O. al-Mohammad / Inas Abdulkareem