Prior to adopting a draft resolution on the situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic by the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Ala delivered a statement in which he described the Western countries lamenting over the humanitarian situation in areas controlled by terrorist groups as hypocrisy due to their imposition of an economic blockade on the entire Syrian people. The Ambassador denounced the council’s disregard of American practices and statements that boast of the US’s role in impoverishing the Syrian people and prolonging their humanitarian crises through the so-called “Caesar Act” and by looting oil and burning agricultural crops to deprive Syria of its economic capabilities.
Ambassador Ala stressed that addressing the humanitarian crises that the Syrian people are suffering from can’t be taking place in the conferences held in the absence of the Syrian government, or by pressuring the United Nations to prevent it from supporting development efforts and obstructing the reconstruction process. The crisis also can’t be tackled through imposing political conditionality on humanitarian aid and seeking to direct it across the borders to the areas controlled by terrorist groups and separatist militias to deprive most of the Syrian people of them, and not by disturbing the efforts to return the displaced Syrians to their homeland.
Ambassador Ala stressed that the Council’s emphasis on strict respect for the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic is inconsistent with those decisions ’neglect of war crimes committed by the Turkish regime which is destroying historical heritage, stealing economic resources, and implementing systematic Turkish measures in the northern Syrian regions. The Council’s decisions are also inconsistent with ignoring the American threat for the unity and territorial integrity of Syria through the support provided by the American occupation forces to the separatist militias in the northeast of Syria and to the terrorist groups in Al-Tanf and Al-Rukban.Syrian Ambassador: Extending European measures on Syria and implementing “Caesar Act” constitutes a crime against humanity