BRUSSELS, Belgium, Apr 6 (NNN-BNA) – Qatar’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, expressed Qatar’s strong condemnation of the flagrant violation of international law and the UN Security Council resolution 2118, om the Syrian government using chemical weapons in Khan Shaikhoun.

The action killed dozens of civilians, including children, considering it as “a new war crime that requires the intervention of the international community to assume its responsibilities” , he said.

He stressed that there is no solution in Syria without the departure of Bashar al-Assad, he wwas reported by the Qatar News Agency (QNA).

He said during a speech delivered at the International Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, in Brussels.

He said, “these terrible and disturbing facts place us as an international community in the face of a historic responsibility that obliges us to work with determination to end this humanitarian catastrophe that is threatening international peace and security.”

The Minister announced Qatar’s contribution of US$100 million to support the humanitarian situation of the Syrian people.

The Minister called for Assad’s departure and urgent action towards fair criminal procedures in accordance with international law.

He added that silence on war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria sends encouraging messages to perpetrators to continue to commit more crimes.

In support of international efforts to enforce justice, Qatar has provided financial support to the independent international mechanism of US$500,000 and is pleased to announce an additional pledge of US$500,000 from the State of Qatar, the minister added.

Shaikh Mohammed stressed that Qatar has spared no effort in providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people either individually or through bilateral channels with host countries or through the United Nations.

As part of the humanitarian assistance to the Syrian refugees, the Minister referred to education as a basic pillar, describing it as the key to development and stability.

He pointed out that Qatar had an initiative in education and professional development in partnership with many humanitarian and regional organisations. In this context, he highlighted the Qatari initiative to educate and train Syrian refugees last Sept, on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the United Nations, in favour of 400,000 beneficiaries of the Syrian people for five years within the framework of the fulfilment of the State of Qatar to pledge US$100 million, at the London conference last year.

The minister said 985,000 Syrian children had benefited from the “Educate a Child ” initiative, pointing out that these initiatives have contributed to the empowerment of children and protect them from extremism, exploitation and abuse.

He stressed that when turmoil prevails and opportunities are lost, extremism pervades and insecurity is lost. The Minister said the total humanitarian assistance provided by the State of Qatar were meant to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people, amounting to about US$1.6 billion.

Qatar hosts more than 60,000 Syrians and 7,000 people have been reunited with their families living in Qatar,” Shaikh Mohammed said.

He stressed the need to prepare for the post-political agreement and stop the violence for reconstruction. Qatar is co-chairing the international conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region, which was devoted to follow-up the results of the “London Conference to support the Syrian people” with Germany and Britain.

The conference is discussing three basic frameworks, including supporting the political process, supporting negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition, and stabilising the civilian population inside Syria or in the countries of asylum, QNA reported.– NNN-BNA

Source: NAM News Network