Saudi Arabia Welcomes Independent Investigation Commission on Syria

Saudi Arabia Welcomes Independent Investigation Commission on Syria

Wednesday, 14 March, 2018 - 09:00
A girl runs past a damaged site after an airstrike in Douma, Eastern Ghouta. (Reuters)
Geneva - Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi Arabia welcomed on Tuesday the International Independent Investigation Commission on Syria.

It also welcomed its efforts to prepare a report to document serious violations of international human rights and International Humanitarian Law on Syrian territory by the Syrian regime and its collaborating militias. It affirmed its full support for the work and efforts of the Commission.

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasel, Saudi Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, delivered a statement on Tuesday before the Human Rights Council during the interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry in Syria.

The Saudi ambassador stressed that the Commission report stated that civilians in Syria were not only unintended victims of violence, but were often deliberately targeted by illegal means and methods of warfare.

He pointed out that the frequent attacks on infrastructure and vital facilities and the siege imposed by the Syrian regime have exacerbated the humanitarian crisis and claimed the lives of many innocent civilians.

Al-Wasel warned that the Syrian crisis was heading towards an unprecedented dangerous path, despite the urgent calls by the international community and the recent international resolutions for an immediate ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

He noted in this regard that the Syrian regime and its allies were maintaining their attacks, in particular in the besieged Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus.

Al-Wasel called for the immediate implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2401 and the fast delivery of relief and humanitarian assistance to the stranded population.

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