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Al-Jaafari: Coercive economic measures being imposed on Syria prove the falseness of western humanitarian allegations

Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, said that the continuity of imposing coercive economic measures by western countries on Syria and hindering efforts to include the recent UNSC resolution about bringing in aid through borders, prove once again the falseness of these countries' allegations that their measures don’t target the Syrian civilians.
 
“The motive behind all that is to find pretexts to continue violation of Syria’s sovereignty, threaten its territorial integrity, support the terrorist organizations and the separatist militias, and prolong the US and Turkish occupation of Syrian areas” al-Jaafari said addressing a Security council session via video conference on the humanitarian situation in Syria.
 
“The Security council has witnessed this month western feverish endeavors to extend the effects of resolution 2165 for 2014 related to brining in aid through the borders… the motive behind that is not to bring in aid to needy people, but to continue violation of Syria’s sovereignty, threaten its territorial integrity which contradicts with the General Assembly Resolution No. 46/182,” he affirmed.
 
The diplomat made it clear that Syria has repeatedly informed the United Nations about the health sector suffering from a major shortage in medicine , yarns, surgical materials and medical equipment due to the illegal coercive measures imposed on the country.
 
"Syria informed the United Nations on April 14th about its approval to run a humanitarian aid convoy to the area of al-Atarib and its surroundings in northwest Syria. But  today, a 100 days later ,the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) did not take any steps to implement that decision ," he stressed
 
Al-Jaafari pointed out that Syria’s stance is that the humanitarian work center is in Damascus, not Gaziantep in Turkey  or Belgium's  Brussels, Germany’s Berlin, France's Paris or any other place.
 
“The main burden in providing humanitarian aid, services and support for the Syrians are assumed by the institutions of Syria , its allies and partners in the humanitarian work, noting that (OCHA) failed at its humanitarian work requirements for it has politicized the work it, and it hasn't been transparent , professional and neutrality, as it has made itself a tool to serve the agendas of some countries hostile to Syria,” al-Jaafari said.
 
He referred to the content of the official complaint that Syria addressed last May to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the Security Council against the practices of some Member States, mainly the United States, Britain, France and Turkey, particularly in regards to the unilateral coercive measures imposed on Syria and other developing countries, in addition to their occupation of Syrian lands.
 
Al-Jaafari indicated that countries hostile to Syria neither stopped their documented violations of the principles and provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and international law nor  stopped their crimes against the Syrian people, plundering and destroying the country’s resources and besieging and starving it.  They increased all that  has been mentioned to launch aggression on civil passenger planes that cross the Syrian airspace in a flagrant violation of international law, rules governing international civil aviation and the Chicago Convention .
 
He pointed out the US fighter jet's attack on a civil flight which was carrying civilian travelers on board from Tehran to Beirut over Syrian airspace.
 
Basma Qaddour
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