Funding terrorists won't help solve crisis in Syria, says al-Jaafari

NEW YORK, (ST)_ The Syrian people are the victims of unrelenting bloodshed in Syria as the armed terrorist groups' acts target citizens' livelihood and life, Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN said on Thursday.

In the UN General Assembly's open session held to discuss item No.70 /a  on enhancing  the coordination of  the UN humanitarian and relief aid and special economic assistance being offered in disasters, Bashar al-Jaafari asserted Syria's readiness to cooperate with international relief and humanitarian organizations to aid affected people across Syria.

Terrorist acts

SANA quoted al-Jaafari as saying: "Regrettably, a terrorist blast carried out today in front of a school in Qatana city in Damascus Countryside,claiming the lives of tens of children and their parents. This blast was preceded by other eight terrorist blasts hit several areas in Damascus killing scores of innocents."

He added: "I am not going to talk in details about these terrorist acts and the states or groups who are backing them; however I will point out the terrorist acts' negative impact on citizens' life caused by bombing power stations, stealing grain silos and fuel depots, and targeting schools and hospitals in order to spread chaos and fear among citizens."

Aid efforts

al-Jaafari underscored Syria' belief in the importance of coordinating humanitarian efforts to help affected people in states of emergency according to the UN General Assembly  decision No.46/182which outlines a framework for humanitarian aid and a set of guiding principles for the work of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

 government is ready to fully cooperate with international organizations working in Syria in accordance with relevant principles adopted by the UN especially that related to respect the country's sovereignty, regional safety, its national unity and not intervention in its internal affairs," the representative said.

He stressed that the Syrian government has exerted every possible efforts to offer urgent aid to the citizens and formed a committee to follow up the humanitarian situation of the affected citizens, provide food and health aid, and compensate them for the damage caused by the armed terrorist groups' acts or to rehabilitate the infrastructure to resume providing social and healthcare services.

"As many as 547 shelters have been opened in governmental buildings to temporary host displaced people", al-Jaafari said, noting that the Syrian government has cooperated with the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Office of the Higher Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of Red Cross and provided all necessary facilitations to convey humanitarian aid to those who need them across Syria.

He added that the revised Syria Humanitarian Response Plan was implemented and the Syrian government granted licenses to more than 80 non-governmental organizations to contribute to the implementation of the response plan.

"The Syrian government is going to offer all facilities to humanitarian workers and grant licenses to the OCHA for field visits to several areas in Syria without any delay," asserted the representative.

He cited that Syria had a constructive participation in six meetings of the Humanitarian Forum convened in Geneva and tackled the situation in Syria.

Obstacles

As for obstacles, al-Jaafari clarified that the government's humanitarian efforts are being hindered because the countries which are known for their support to the armed terrorism in Syria are still funding, arming and protecting armed terrorist groups in Syria.

He quoted part of the statement of, Peter Maurer,the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Geneva on Thursday as saying: "the situation in Syria is exceptional because of the intensive battles in the country and the involvement of regional and international powers in it."

Al-Jaafari added that it is a paradoxical to hinder at the UNSC the issuance of 6 press statements to condemn terrorist blasts carried out by the al-Qaeda affiliated 'Jabhat al-Nusra'which has announced since October 2010 its responsibility for carrying out around 600 attacks,including more than 40 suicide attacks and using weapons and explosive devices, in Damascus, Aleppo, Hama, Daraa, Homs, Idleb and in DeirEzzor.

Wrong conclusions

"From the very beginning of the crisis, Syria tried hard to draw the attention of the member states to the presence of armed terrorist intervention in its internal affairs, but we faced political obstinacy and ignorance of issues related to the political geography and huge media falsification which made the senior officials of this organization deny the reality and reach wrong conclusions about the situation in Syria," said al-Jaafari.

He added that it took more than one year to admit the presence of what they call "the third party" a polite expression that replaces the armed terrorist groups, and it needed other six months to admit the presence of armed groups, and after three months of shedding more Syrian blood, they admitted the presence of terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda.

Al-Jaafari stressed that the Syrian people suffered from terrorism for 21 months waiting for the UN and its member states to hear their suffering from the terrorism which, unfortunately, supported by Arab, regional and international forces from the beginning.

No adherence

He added that the Syrian government's full cooperation with the humanitarian Response Plan signed with the OCHA hindered by the lack of funding which obstacles joint efforts to implement the revised response plan to meet humanitarian needs.

"While the Syrian government is working hard to perform its role in meeting the humanitarian needs of its citizens, some of donators, who appeared in media and talked at international forums, did not commit to their obligations which has been clearly shown in the OCHA statements and reports, the latest of which was on December 11th  which revealed that only half of the required funding for the humanitarian response inside Syria and 35% of funds to meet the needs of Syrian refugees have been received so far," said al-Jaafari.

He added that the OCHA report indicated that the World Food Program had to reduce the allocations because of the lack of funding which reflected on the implementation of the plan and the inability to meet the affected people's needs and raised doubts about the keenness of some countries on the interest of the Syrian citizen.

Al-Jaafari stressed that imposing a package of compulsory unilateral economic procedures by some influential countries and regional groups against Syria contributed to the deterioration of the Syrians' livelihood and the decline in the possibility of providing citizens' basic needs, besides hindering efforts to import medicine, medical instruments and required equipment to re-operate public utilities.

He added that the unilateral procedures caused a rise in exchange rate, a decline in the purchasing power of the Syrian pound, an increase in the inflation rate and difficulty in funding imports, in addition to stopping the funding of investment projects and the lack of financial resources which will increase the rate of unemployment and poverty.

Al-Jaafari stressed that those who impose these procedures and claim to provide humanitarian are symbols for political hypocrisy and deception, adding that these countries aimed at turning the productive Syrian people who achieved an economic development and food sufficiency over the past few years into people who live on aid.

Serious steps

He indicated that Syria appealed to its people who were forced to flee their homeland to the neighboring countries to return to their houses and avoid being exploited by the terrorist groups and their supporters, adding that the Syrian government allocated aid to people whose houses were demolished to rebuild them.

Al‑Jaafari underscored that the crisis in Syria can not be solved through fomenting sedition and arming and sheltering terrorists, adding that the Syrian people hope that the international community would back the UN Envoy, al-Akhdar al-Ibrahimi's mission.

BasmaQaddour