Wed 27-06-2018 00:17 AM
GENEVA, 26th June, 2018 (WAM) — The UAE has reiterated, along with other supporting countries, its call for the continuation of access of the humanitarian aid to the population of needy areas in Syria, including the Eastern Ghouta, while emphasising that a political solution is the only solution to the Syrian crisis based on Geneva reference.
Mohammed Saleh Al Shamsi, Third Secretary at the UAE Diplomatic Mission in Geneva, called on the concerned parties to revive the political process, during an interactive dialogue of the 38th session of the Human Rights Council with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.
The UAE has also voiced its deep concern about the foreign interference on the ground, which violates Syrian sovereignty, social fabric, and institutions as well as threatens its unity.
At the beginning of the speech, Al Shamsi welcomed members of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic and extended thanks for the oral update of the tragic conditions experienced by the Eastern Ghouta earlier this year.
He stated that after five years of blockade, eastern Ghouta had seen unprecedented destruction of civilian infrastructure, which was tantamount to a war crime.
According to the report, air and land attacks by pro-government forces on the besieged area have resulted in the death and injury of hundreds of civilians.
Regarding the human avenue, the UAE diplomat said that the report of the committee has referred to the displacement of some 140,000 people from Eastern Ghouta and forcing them to flee their homes, as well as the continued denial of food and medicine to the besieged civilians, which caused serious mental and physical suffering that still affects passively on hundreds of thousands of Syrian men, women and children nationwide.
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