Maintaining the unfair western coercive measures against Syria a dangerous gap in the structure of global solidarity: al-Jaafari

NEW YORK, (ST)- Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar Al-Jaafari has affirmed that maintaining the unfair western coercive measures against Syria is a dangerous gap in the structure of global solidarity for equal  enhancement of countries abilities.

The western economic blockade affects the lives of two billion people in the world and it impedes countries’ efforts to fight coronavirus pandemic and achieve sustainable development,” he said during a seminar held at the United Nations headquarters in New York via internet, calling for an immediate lifting of this unfair siege.

Al-Jaafari clarified that the United Nations and the European Union (EU) are still ignoring calls by UN Chief and many international and regional organizations and blocs to put an end to the illegal sanctions imposed on the Syrian people. He referred in this regard to the EU’s recent decision to extend the economic siege imposed on Syria and to the new US coercive measures that aim at putting more pressure on the Syrians and at confiscating their aspirations in achieving prosperity and stability.

Syria has informed the UN and the Security Council about the grave impacts of the western sanctions on all domains in Syria

The senior Syrian diplomat reiterated that the US and European allegations about licenses and exceptions to these sanctions that allow for providing food and medical supplies to the Syrian people are irresponsible claims that aim at misleading the world public opinion and cover up these parties’ violations against Syria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and progress.

Over the past three months, Syria has sent more than ten letters to the UN Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly and the President of the Security Council providing accurate information and statistics on the grave impacts of the western sanctions on all domains in Syria, he said. He pointed out that the letters clarified that the sanctions target the sectors of economy, agriculture, industry, investment, banking and services in Syria and are accompanied by economic terrorism practiced by the United States and the European Union, mainly against any party that seeks entering the Syrian market and taking part in the country’s reconstruction.

European Union’s banks have put their hands on the Syrian assets that were dedicated for securing food and medicine to the Syrians

Al-Jaafari refuted the western countries’ claims that the economic sanctions they are imposing on Syria are consistent with the international law and they aim at protecting human rights in the country. He said that the Syrian banking system is completely prevented from conducting any external financial transactions due to the illegal European and US sanctions and that European Union’s banks have put their hands on the Syrian assets that were dedicated for securing food and medicine to the Syrians. In addition, he added, the Syrian state is unable to rehabilitate the electric power stations that were destroyed by Daesh and al-Qaeda terror organizations because of the sanctions imposed by the EU and Washington on the Syrian people.

The seminar was attended by the foreign ministers of Nicaragua and Venezuela and a large number of permanent representatives to the UN in addition to Maria Espinosa, the former President of the United Nations General Assembly.

Most of the presentations by permanent representatives participating in the online seminar focused on refuting any legal, political or humanitarian basis claimed by the governments of the countries that pursue a policy of imposing sanctions, and explained the grave impacts of such punitive actions on human rights and on countries’ ability to meet the daily humanitarian needs of their citizens, especially in emergency situations.

 Hamda Mustafa

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