Sanctions hamper reconstruction and aid delivery to Syria: Iran’s UN envoy
During a meeting of the UN Security Council on “The situation in the Middle East: (Syria)”, held on Friday in New York, Majid Takht Ravanchi deplored the illegal sanctions against Syria which hamper the ability of the Syrian government to achieve economic and social stability. and improve the living conditions of Syrians.
Here is the full text of his statement:
“In the name of God, the Merciful, the Merciful.
I thank the rapporteurs for their presentations.
Conflicts, foreign intervention, terrorism and occupation have wreaked havoc on the Syrian people for more than a decade. Unilateral sanctions have also exacerbated economic and humanitarian crises in Syria in recent years.
Despite the fact that resolution 2585 supports early recovery and reconstruction projects, as well as the provision of basic services, unfortunately, the continuation of unilateral sanctions has hampered the implementation of the resolution, hampering efforts to rebuild the Syria and hampered the delivery of humanitarian aid in various ways, even delaying the return of refugees and displaced persons.
Furthermore, these illegal measures have also hindered the ability of the Syrian government to achieve economic and social stability and improve the living conditions of Syrians.
It is irresponsible, immoral and illegal under international law to use unilateral sanctions to starve Syrian civilians.
These illegal and disruptive actions must stop immediately. Pretending to care about the difficult humanitarian situation in Syria while supporting and imposing unilateral sanctions against the Syrian people is hypocritical.
We support the full cooperation of the Syrian government with the United Nations and many humanitarian organizations involved in delivering aid across borders as a safe and legal method to help those in need. In the current circumstances, the delivery of humanitarian aid is essential, and political circumstances should not impede humanitarian aid. In this context, full respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity of Syria must be observed.
We also reaffirm that the cross-border aid delivery mechanism is an exceptional temporary measure imposed by certain circumstances and that humanitarian aid to those in need must be delivered in cooperation and coordination with the Syrian government and from the Syrian territory. This will help prevent aid from being diverted to terrorist groups.
We commend the Syrian government, UN agencies and humanitarian partners for continuing to expand the scope and frequency of humanitarian relief operations. In this regard, we welcome the efforts of the Syrian government to facilitate the passage of a fourth UN convoy from Aleppo to northwestern Syria earlier this week.
We also welcome the three-day visit of the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs to Syria on 17 May, as well as her meeting with Syrian officials.
We reaffirm our commitment to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and political independence of Syria and to its counter-terrorism efforts.
We strongly condemn Israel’s continued occupation of the Syrian Golan and its repeated violations of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, especially those targeting civilians and civilian objects. We demand that the Security Council hold this regime accountable for such acts of aggression and malice.
Moreover, the illegal presence of foreign forces in parts of Syria, which has created ideal conditions for terrorist activities, must end immediately.
And finally, we support initiatives to facilitate the repatriation of refugees and internally displaced persons and are ready to provide assistance for the success of these efforts. Any initiative on Syria must be supported by the Syrian government and the UN and respect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
I thank you”