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Syria warns of the illegal activities conducted on its soil by some societies member in the IFRC

GENEVA, (ST)- Syria has warned of the danger of the illegal activities being conducted on its soil  by some societies member in the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), calling for forcing these societies to stop their illegal practices.

Husam Eddin Ala, Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, said in Syria's statement at the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva on Wednesday, that the Syrian state, despite huge challenges represented in fighting terrorism and confronting aggression, foreign interference as well as foreign occupation of parts of its land, keeps cooperating and having dialogue with the International Red Cross Committee and the IFRC in order to meet the requirements of the people affected by the crisis in all Syrian areas without discrimination.

 He said that the Israeli occupation authorities prevent the national Syrian and Palestinian societies from doing their humanitarian work in the occupied Palestinian territories and occupied Syrian Golan.

Ala added that the world today is facing unprecedented challenges given the escalation of international chaos and the domination of unilateral trends that underestimate the rules of international law and the principles upon which the contemporary international system was founded. He  pointed out that resorting to the unilateral use of force and foreign occupation, imposing unilateral coercive measures, supporting terrorism and using it to destabilize countries and to target their national institutions and legitimate governments have become essential factors for wars and armed conflicts which have led to human suffering and unprecedented waves of displacement in many parts of the world over the past years.

He regretted that the international response to humanitarian situations continues to be hostage to political approaches, double standards and politicized international investigation mechanisms that lack political and legal legitimacy and that serve certain political agendas.

Ala pointed out that the increase of foreign support for terrorist organizations that enabled the terrorists to control whole cities, destroy their infrastructure and use their locals as human shields also formed unprecedented challenges in terms of dealing with the resulting humanitarian suffering.

He stressed that the countries which support terrorist organizations in Syria should comply with the rules of combat activities pursuant to Security Council resolutions on fighting terrorism.

He pointed out that humanitarian response to crises should not be politicized or subjected to any political conditions, rather it should contain sustainable solutions to the economic and social repercussions of these crises in order to assist the victims of wars. 

Ala reiterated Syria's commitment to boosting respect for the international humanitarian law.

Hamda Mustafa