Oct 26, 2013
New York, (SANA) – Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari asserted that the Syrian government is an integral part of the humanitarian response plan signed with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), therefore no-one can deny the role of the Syrian government as a full partner for the UN in implementing the plan.
At a press conference of Friday at the UN headquarters in New York, al-Jaafari said that Syria has been following this plan for over two years in cooperation with the UN, so any talk about Syrian government's non-cooperation is completely incorrect and untrue.
He said that some sides say that the Syrian government or the Syrian army are blockading some areas, and this is true as far as blockading some areas that contain armed terrorists who fight the government and challenge its authority, employing civilians as human shields, noting that due to concern over the safety of international humanitarian workers, they can't always enter certain hotspots, citing what happened with aid convoys for the World Food Program (WFP) which admitted to failing to enter al-Muadamiya area eight times.
Al-Jaafari noted that the Syrian government evacuated 3,000 families from the aforementioned al-Muadamiya area ten days ago under the protection of the Syrian army, adding that the Syrian government opened and equipped more than 1,000 schools to house Syrian families.
"Can UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valier Amos tell us what she did for the thousands of Syrian families that are now homeless and that fled their villages due to the criminal practices of armed groups there?" al-Jaafari asked.
He went on to assert that the Syrian government is doing the larger share of humanitarian work, something which Amos is well aware of, wondering why she attempts to deny this fact in her report to the Security Council.
Al-Jaafari said that Syria has related to the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council members the effects of the punitive unilateral economic sanctions, yet Amos still insists that she is unaware of any UN report on the negative effects of these sanctions, asserting that her claims are untrue as there are two annual resolutions issued each year on this issue.
He stressed that the UN is fully aware of the negative effects of unilateral action and should be against such actions, saying that this means that Amos's political and humanitarian knowledge is lacking a very important aspect.
Al-Jaafari said that the sanctions against Syria are compulsory and punitive actions taken by a number of countries and that is unacceptable, noting that the UN General Assembly will be discussing the US embargo on Cuba which is rejected each year by a majority of 187, wondering if all the talk about rejecting unilateral action is "mere ink on paper."