EU sanctions on Syria responsible for Syrians' sufferings

Dec 15, 2012

Al-Moallem Stresses to Amos: US, EU Sanctions on Syria Responsible for Syrians' Sufferings 

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem, on Saturday stressed that the sanctions imposed by the US and EU countries on Syria are responsible for the sufferings of the Syrian people, calling upon the UN to condemn these sanctions and urge these countries to cancel them.

Al-Moallem's remarks came during a meeting with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos.

The two sides expressed relief over the humanitarian response plan in Syria, which is a positive expression of the standing cooperation between Syria and the UN.

Minister al-Moallem clarified that Syria appreciates the efforts exerted by the UN offices in the state, as he also urged the UN official to expand the Organization's cooperation to include the fields of reconstructing and rehabilitating the infrastructure, such as hospitals and others, which have been destroyed by the armed terrorist groups.

He expressed the Syrian government's desire to coordinate with the UN to deliver humanitarian aid to those affected due to the attacks of the armed terrorist groups on the public and private properties.

For her part, Amos expressed high appreciation of the Syrian government's efforts in its humanitarian work and the facilitations it provides to the tasks of the UN office, as she also stressed that her Damascus office will continue to provide humanitarian aid in coordination with the Syrian government.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Fayssal Mikdad, Director of International Organizations and Conferences Department at the Ministry and the delegation accompanying Amos.

Amos Meets Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs

Later, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, Jassim Mohammad Zakarya, met with Amos and discussed with her the standing cooperation mechanisms between the government and the UN organizations working in the humanitarian domain.


Minister Zakarya told the journalists following the meeting that the talks touched upon the efforts exerted by the Higher Relief Committee and its branches in the provinces in terms of coordinating the relief and humanitarian efforts on the local and external levels, in addition to means of overcoming the obstacles that hinder the delivery of aid to the affected citizens inside and outside the temporary shelter centers.

The Minister added that he also reviewed the financial aid provided directly by the government to the NGOs to carry out their duties towards the affected families, calling upon the UN humanitarian bodies to put more efforts to help the Syrians who were forced to leave the country fleeing the armed terrorist groups.

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator also held a meeting with Minister of State for the National Reconciliation Affairs, Ali Haidar, the humanitarian response plan in Syria and the role played by the international organizations in this regard.


"The international organizations have not offered what is required so far, and they are still exploiting the humanitarian aid issue for political purposes," Haidar said in a statement to the journalists following the meeting.

He called upon these organizations to act with credibility in providing aid to the Syrian people via the government and the civil organizations working in the field of relief.

R. Milhem / H. Said


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