Al-Jaafari: Syria is ready to cooperate with UN to deliver aid to all citizens
Syria’s permanent envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari affirmed that the Syrian government is open to all initiatives aiming at reaching a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
Al-Jaafari, Speaking at an unofficial meeting for the UN General Assembly on the humanitarian situation in Syria, said that the Syrian government is ready to cooperate with the UN organizations to deliver the humanitarian aid to the people in need in all regions, and Syria welcomes a positive UN assistance to improve the humanitarian situation in the country.
He affirmed Syria’s rejection of using the UN mechanisms as a tool to carry out political agendas by governments of member states to interfere in the Syrian domestic affairs.
“Those governments exploit this platform for misleading through pointing false accusations against the Syrian government to cover the crimes of armed terrorist groups, funded by those governments,” al-Jaafari said.
He added that the briefings submitted today on the humanitarian issues come in the core of the Syrian government’s concerns, rather, a lot of these issues are subjects of daily discussion with the UN to ease the suffering of Syrian affected citizens, clarifying that the Syrian government bears the large extent burden of the humanitarian aid distributed in the country with 75%, while the UN relevant organizations bear 25% of the extent of aid.
“The Syrian government is committed to its open method to all initiatives aiming at reaching a political solution to the crisis in Syria led by Syria,” al-Jaafari said, adding that the Syrian government, represented by its delegation, has taken part in Geneva 2 conference positively and agreed on the draft agenda supposed by the UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi to go ahead in this process which will start by discussing the item of ending terrorism and dismissing violence.
“The Syrian government is assuming its duty in spite of the existence of many obstacles, mainly the presence of hundreds of armed terrorist groups, supported by the Saudi, Turkish and Qatari governments including the groups linked to al-Qaeda which repeatedly and systematically target the humanitarian aid convoys, loot and burglarize these assistances as well as using the civilians as human shields,” al-Jaafari said.
He referred to other obstacles, represented by the lack of funding for the response plan of 2104 and the unilateral coercive measures imposed by a number of countries on the Syrian people.
Al-Jaafari affirmed that Syria has taken a number of administrative and logistic procedures that helped the UN relevant agencies expand their activities, adding that the world Food Program announced that it was able to deliver food aid to 3.7 million citizens during January, 2014 while the UNHCR distributed basic relief materials to 3.4 million citizens during 2013.
He went on to say that the national reconciliations made in some regions of the country send strong messages to the whole world that the Syrian people are able to resolve their own crisis, away from any foreign manipulation with their national interests, affirming that work is underway to have similar reconciliations, particularly in Aleppo, saying “Solution would never be reached except through an outcome of genuine efforts by the Syrians, away from “the jihadists of Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Turkey.”
Al-Jaafari also affirmed that the Syrian government is ready to cooperate with the UN resident coordinator in Syria and other relevant organizations to have an understanding on the way of implementing UN resolution / 2139/ adopted by Security council last Saturday, based on the respect for the UN charter, in light of the UN General Assembly resolution No. 46/182, on top, the respect for national sovereignty of the sates.