Deputy Permanent Representative of Syria at the United Nations, al-Hakam Dandi delivered a 10 minutes statement to the UNSC in which he addressed the causes of the Syrian crisis fueled by NATO countries which are affecting the daily lives of millions of Syrians inside Syria and Syrian refugees abroad.
The Syrian diplomat exposed the hypocritical humanitarian western countries waging the war of terror and war of attrition on the Syrian people in the United Nations Security Council, spearheaded by the NATO P3 of the UNSC, the USA, UK, and France, and the regional parties, NATO member state Turkey, and their stooges in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel.
A short statement that summarizes the roots of the problems in Syria, the real criminals, and the path to the solution and de-escalation in the region before a new major war breaks out. The following is the statement in the video with subtitles followed by the transcript of the English translation.
We meet for yet another council meeting on the political and humanitarian situation and other issues in the Syrian Arab Republic; up to four sessions are held every month on these issues, and it seems that some members of the council regard these sessions as a waste of the council’s time and resources especially as they still insist on ignoring the fundamental challenges that Syria is confronted with specifically terrorism, continued violations of Syrian sovereignty and the tremendous suffering of the Syrian people as the result of unilateral coercive measures.
A week ago, forces of the Turkish regime and its terrorist mercenaries launched a series of military attacks targeting the north of the Syrian Arab Republic, they claimed the lives of a number of civilians and military personnel and they caused serious damage to civilian infrastructure in these areas in flagrant violation of the international law, the international humanitarian law, and the United Nations Charter.
The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the Turkish attacks, the pretext used by the Turkish regime to justify these attacks has been exposed and no longer fool anyone especially as the Turkish regime continues to support terrorist groups and sponsoring to this day Daesh (ISIS – ISIL) and Al Nusra Front (al Qaeda Levant – HTS).
Syria calls upon the Security Council to compel the Turkish regime to end its illegal military presence on Syrian territories immediately, this Council should not ignore the continued illegal presence of US forces on Syria’s territories, they are supporting militias in the northeast, and this is another violation of the UN Charter and Syria’s sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
My delegation once again demands an immediate withdrawal of US forces without any preconditions.
The Security Council remains silent while Israel’s occupation of the Syrian Golan persists as to its practices against our people in the Golan, this is consistent with the subversive role played by the United States and Turkey on Syrian territory.
The Council’s silence emboldened Israel to expand its attacks on Syrian territory using flimsy excuses. Israel also attacks civilian infrastructure leading to casualties among civilians and military personnel and this can lead to a dangerous escalation in the region.
In parallel to countering terrorism, the Syrian state has been pursuing local settlements and national reconciliations, we have taken a number of important measures including the issuance of amnesty decrees by the President of the Republic, the latest of which was Decree No. 7 of 2022. It is comprehensive in scope and in the way it deals with terrorist crimes, such measures were taken to ensure a return to normalcy, and to enhance national unity and that has allowed many Syrians to return to their normal lives.
It is surprising that despite all these efforts, some still insist on ignoring the achievements of the Syrian state in this regard.
Syria has been engaging positively with initiatives to settle the Syrian crisis, anyway, which is Syrian-led and Syrian-owned without any foreign interference. In this regard, it is important for the special envoy to continue to play his role as facilitator as stipulated in his mandate.
Concerning the humanitarian situation, the Syrian Arab Republic is doing its utmost to provide the necessary assistance to all Syrians without discrimination, improve their living conditions, and provide basic services. Syria is cooperating with the United Nations and its humanitarian agencies in Syria to achieve this aim.
It is important to support the efforts of the Syrian state in this regard. We call upon Western states to stop politicizing humanitarian work in Syria, they must uphold the guiding principles of humanitarian action and honor their pledges to provide the necessary funding to the humanitarian response plan in Syria. Above all, they must expand and support earlier recovery projects as stipulated in Resolution 2642, less than 42% of the necessary funding has been provided thus far and we’re approaching a new year.
Mines and unexploded ordnance planted by terrorist groups have claimed the lives of hundreds of women, children, and farmers. We need to focus on clearing Syrian territories of mines and ordnance, we must provide the necessary funding for these activities that would contribute to the return of the displaced refugees to their villages, their homes, and their lands, and that will allow them to go back to their normal lives.
My delegation expresses its outrage at the refusal of some western states in this Council to invite Ms. Alena Douhan, the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights to participate in the informal interactive dialogue that was held on the 21st of November. We believe this to be an attempt by these countries to obfuscate the recommendations and conclusions of the Special Rapporteur in an effort to hide their true intentions.
The Special Rapporteur has exposed the false claims by these countries on the unilateral coercive measures (falsely dubbed as sanctions) imposed by the United States and the European Union on the Syrian people. These measures have led to the deaths of innocent Syrians and the death of innocent people in any country on which these measures are imposed.
I refer here to the statement by the Special Repertoire that these measures are inconsistent with international rules, they are being imposed to exercise pressure on Syria, they increase the suffering of the Syrian people, and obstruct early recovery efforts. They also cause a severe shortage of medication and specialized medical equipment needed to treat rare and chronic diseases, they also impede access to food, water, electricity, fuel, means of transportation, and healthcare.
This has grave repercussions on public health and food security, this is why the Special Repertoire stressed the need to lift these measures immediately.
When speaking about the different aspects of humanitarian suffering in Syria we must address the continued systematic plundering by the US occupation forces of Syrian resources, oil, wheat, and other agricultural produce. We must also refer to the Turkish regime and its mercenaries that are using water as a weapon against civilians, they are halting the operation of the Alouk water station and depriving millions of Syrians in Hasakah and its surroundings of water. They’re manipulating the water levels of the Euphrates river which increases the likelihood of thirst, and diseases especially the spread of Cholera.
The Syrian Arab Republic condemns western states that continue to send delegations to the northern part of Syria infiltrating Syrian territories illegally, most recently France and the Netherlands have sent delegations this way. Syria stresses that practices constitute a violation of Syrian sovereignty and relevant Security Council resolutions.
In conclusion, Madam President, the delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic stresses that Council meetings on the situation in Syria would remain pointless if the fundamental challenges are not addressed.
Syria needs to fight terrorism, stop terrorism financing and terrorism sponsoring, it needs to end the illegal US and Turkish military presence on Syrian territories, it must put an end to Israeli attacks on Syrian territories, and must ensure the immediate lifting of the unilateral coercive measures that can only be described as inhumane and immoral.
I thank you, Madam President.
End of the transcript.
Keep in mind that US-led NATO used the United Nations Security Council and its extended agencies to justify and tried to justify its illegal wars of aggression and interventions including the invasions of Iraq under the false pretext of developing weapons of mass destruction, the invasion of Afghanistan to combat al Qaeda, and the invasion of Libya to spread democracy and protect the Libyan people, and they have been trying every week of every month of the past 11 plus years to do the same to justify their illegal intervention in Syria.
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