URGENT DEBATE REGARDING THE HUMANITARIAN AND HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC STATEMENT BY TURKEY

H.E. Oğuz DEMİRALP 28.02.2012
URGENT DEBATE REGARDING THE HUMANITARIAN AND HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION
IN THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC
STATEMENT BY TURKEY

(28 February 2012)

Once again the Council is compelled to address the situation in Syria. This is tragic. The council organizes one urgent debate after another. However the Syrian government does not seem to be in any urgency to redress it own misdeeds causing serious turbulence at international level.

The violence keeps escalating and the images we see on the TV screens show us the gradual transformation of this beautiful country into a slaughterhouse. We are in the face of a human rights crisis, which threatens peace and stability in a already problematic and sensitive region. The Council will address relevant political and Human Rights aspects of the Syrian problem on the basis of the commission of inquiry report later in the session. Today we will stress one of the most deplorable consequences of the Human Rights crisis in Syria, namely its humanitarian aspect. Lets call a spade a spade. A Man made disaster is emerging in Syria. This is a situation which calls for a specific resolution by the Council.

Civilian population are being the target of violence and number of deaths and affected people are increasing daily. Devastation is wide spread. We cannot continue to watch this unfolding humanitarian tragedy as we are looking at a horror movie. The international community must reach out to the suffering people of Syria. In this respect we welcome the steps already taken by major international humanitarian organizations and appointment of Ms.Valeria Amos as humanitarian envoy of UNSG.

We all know that the international humanitarian network is ready for action. However, they cannot operate as they should because of the hindrances created by the Syrian authorities. We appreciate the efforts of Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society under very difficult conditions. They need to work hand in hand with their international partners.

We call on Syria for providing safe and unimpeded humanitarian access for humanitarian organizations. We underline the importance for Mrs. Valeria Amos to be allowed into Syria as the humanitarian envoy. We also call on the countries that benefit from privileged relations with Syria to use their influence to address the humanitarian situation, sharing the view that, the humanitarian work should not be politicized.
Syrian government should at least be brave enough to acknowledge the worsening humanitarian situation in the country and to cooperate with the international organizations to address the humanitarian problems of its own people. We hope that by adopting the draft resolution before it the Council will help the Syrian government to come to grips with reality. At any rate, the Syrian authorities will not be able to avoid accountability.

Atatürk

Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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