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UNSC needs to introspect the cost of its ‘actions and inactions’ in Syria: India | India News


UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council needs to introspect the cost of its “actions and inactions” in Syria, India said, emphasizing that the world body’s powerful body cannot afford to remain “indifferent” about the urgent need to build consensus. and work collectively to end the suffering of the people in the war-torn country.
Speaking at the Security Council briefing on Syria chaired by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti said on Monday that the last decade has been lost in largely for Syrians, particularly children and young people, who have seen nothing but violence and conflict since 2011.
“This suffering should certainly move the members of the Council,” Tirumurti said, stating that the Council needs to introspect the cost of its actions and inactions.
“There is an urgent need to achieve consensus on the humanitarian situation and work collectively to improve the sufferings of the people in Syria. We cannot afford to be indifferent, ”he said.
Blinken said members of the Security Council have a job to do. “Reauthorize the three border crossings for humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people. Stop participating in or making excuses for the attacks that block these roads and stop targeting the aid workers and Syrian civilians you are trying to help. Stop making humanitarian assistance, on which the lives of millions of Syrians depend, a political issue, looking forward to the Security Council. ”
He added that the life of the Syrian people “depends on getting urgent help. We have to do everything in our power, to create ways for that help to reach them, to open roads, not to close them.”
Tirumurti added that the decade-long conflict has had a devastating effect on the people of Syria.
Expressing deep concern over the alarming statistics, he said an estimated half a million people have died, millions have been displaced, both internally and externally, the health infrastructure has collapsed and children have been deprived of basic education. “Women, children and young people have been especially affected. The Covid-19 pandemic has further aggravated the humanitarian situation. ”
Tirumurti stressed that given the scale, severity and complexity of humanitarian needs, those who advocate linking humanitarian assistance with the political track must immediately re-examine the matter.
“The politicization of the humanitarian path does not help anyone, least of all the millions of Syrians who suffer,” he said. “What we need immediately is a commitment that is consistent with the independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Syria, and that addresses the urgency of humanitarian issues to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.”
He stressed that concrete steps must be taken to address obstacles obstructing the functioning of cross-border and cross-border operations, in particular delays in granting the necessary approvals to humanitarian aid convoys.
Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock warned that “now is not the time to reduce humanitarian aid to Syria.” More money is needed, not less, “if we want to avoid further deterioration, the consequences of which could be dramatic and widespread.”
“Our ability to deliver aid and prevent an even worse situation for millions of civilians will depend on the political will and financial generosity of the international community, including the countries represented on this Council,” he said. Tirumurti noted that the recent upsurge in hostilities in northwestern Syria on March 21 is a reminder of the serious impediments to international efforts.
India strongly condemned the attack on the Al Atareb surgical hospital that resulted in the death of innocent civilians.
“We have also stressed that we cannot allow terrorists to take further advantage of the situation and that the Council must speak with one voice on terrorism. Let us not lose sight of the need to resolutely fight terrorists and terrorist groups, ”he said.
The UN will be a co-sponsor of the V Brussels Conference in support of Syria and neighboring countries affected by the crisis on Tuesday. India welcomed the conference and said it remains convinced that efforts to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria will also have a positive impact on the political track.
Tirumurti told the Council meeting that India has already provided immediate medical assistance and food assistance to Syria recently, in addition to development cooperation projects, which include $ 265 million in soft loans.
A Jaipur-based Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) artificial limb adaptation camp in Damascus benefited more than 500 Syrians affected by the conflict.
“We had launched this Jaipur Foot initiative under the rubric of ‘India for Humanity’. We certainly need humanity now more than ever in the humanitarian crisis Syria is facing, ”Tirumurti said.

Times of India