QATAR STRESSES NEED TO STAND AGAINST PLANS AIMED AT DIVIDING SYRIA

DOHA, Qatar, Mar 16 – Qatar has reiterated the need to stand against all plans, aimed at dividing and fragmenting Syria, emphasising that, maintaining the unity of the Syrian territory is one of the fixed principles that cannot be violated.

Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG), Ambassador Faisal Abdullah Al Henzab said this, before the 31st session of the Human Rights Council on interactive dialogue with International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

He condemned Syria’s refusal to allow the International Commission of Inquiry to enter Syrian territories, to implement its mandate.

Al Henzab said that, the interactive dialogue coincided with the launch of a new round of political talks between the Syrian parties, which “we hope will lead to a political solution to the crisis.”

He claimed that the Syrian government has never been serious about reaching such a solution, since the beginning of the crisis that began with peaceful revolution, aimed at establishing a democratic system and ensuring freedom and justice and respect for human rights.

The ambassador said that, the Syrian government has been pursuing different policies and means, in order to scuttle the political talks since the Geneva 1 in 2012.

He said that, these policies included military escalation, continued destruction of cities and bombing of civilians and the displaced, continued imposition of the blockade and starvation policy, along with hindering the delivery of relief aid and medical supplies to the Syrian people.

Other policies include continued imprisonment of innocent detainees, especially women and children, who are languishing unjustly in prison and subjected to the worst kinds of torture and oppression, he said.

The non-respect of Syrian government and its allies, to the cessation of hostilities agreed upon recently as well as numerous violations targeting the moderate Syrian opposition, denote the government’s determination to torpedo the UN efforts to reach a political settlement for the crisis, Al Henzab said.

He expressed great concern over what was stated in Part V of the report, on attempts to destroy Syria and ripping apart its social fabric, while condemning, in the strongest terms, the Syrian government and its allies’ practices, which aim to bring about a demographic change in Syria, displace people from their areas of

origin, and spread sectarianism and factionalism

Source: QNA