‘No mil­i­tary so­lu­tion’ to Syria crisis: Kuwait

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

NEW YORK: Kuwait, ad­dress­ing an in­for­mal ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly, has re-as­serted its be­lief that there is no mil­i­tary so­lu­tion to the six-year Syr­ian crisis. Re­solv­ing this crisis must be ac­cord­ing to the UNSC Res­o­lu­tion 2254 which out­lined a clean path for reach­ing a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment to the crisis in Syria, on the ba­sis of the first Geneva con­fer­ence held in 2012 as well as the two rel­e­vant dec­la­ra­tions that had been made in Vi­enna, said the State of Kuwait Per­ma­nent Del­e­gate to the UN, Am­bas­sador Man­sour Al-Otaibi.

Al-Otaibi was ad­dress­ing an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion of the Gen­eral Assem­bly on the hu­man­i­tar­ian con­di­tions in Syria. Echo­ing stand of the Kuwaiti Gov­ern­ment, the se­nior diplo­mat called for main­tain­ing the truce in Syria to pave way for hold­ing dis­cus­sions among the stake­hold­ers. One of the rea­sons that had prompted Kuwait, along with 69 other mem­ber states, was the need for the mem­ber states to shoul­der their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in line with the UN char­ter, fol­low­ing fail­ure to pro­tect the Syr­ian civil­ians as the crisis ush­ered its sixth year, said the am­bas­sador high­light­ing the need for ef­fec­tive ac­tion on part of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to ad­dress the tragic sit­u­a­tion in the war-torn na­tion.

Fig­ures show that the hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in Aleppo is se­ri­ously de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, he said, in­di­cat­ing that up to 275,000 peo­ple have been be­sieged in east sec­tor of the north­ern Syr­ian city of Aleppo-nearly half of the num­ber of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from block­ades through­out the coun­try. Only 25 per­cent of the dis­patched hu­man­i­tar­ian aid had ac­tu­ally reached the des­tined peo­ple in Septem­ber, as com­pared to 50 per­cent in Au­gust. “More­over dire need for wa­ter in Aleppo is be­ing ex­ploited as a war weapon,” he said.

He urged all the par­ties in Syria to co­op­er­ate with in­ter­na­tional re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tions to fa­cil­i­tate de­liv­ery of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to those in need and se­cure safe pas­sage­ways for the civil­ians. “Re­cent bomb­ing of Aleppo re­sulted in 300 deaths,” he said, af­firm­ing that the six-year con­flict has claimed 300,000 lives and left hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple ei­ther wounded, maimed or home­less. Septem­ber alone wit­nessed 30 air strikes on the Syr­ian cities, with us­age of ex­plo­sive-rigged bar­rels and chem­i­cals arms, he added.

He called for im­me­di­ate ces­sa­tion of re­cur­ring breaches of in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian laws, hu­man rights, such as im­po­si­tion of sieges and us­age of phos­phoric bombs and other lethal weapons in­clud­ing chem­i­cal ord­nance against the civil­ians. The Kuwaiti en­voy wel­comed declaration of the truce in Aleppo and ces­sa­tion of the air strikes, not­ing that there is no op­tion other than halt­ing the mil­i­tary and hos­tile op­er­a­tions, with­draw­ing for­eign mili­tias from Aleppo and other cities and re­gions, iso­lat­ing the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions such as “Daesh” and Al-Nusra Front from the other groups on the fields, in line with rel­e­vant Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions.

Dur­ing the same meet­ing, the UN en­voy for Syria Staffan de Mis­tura warned that Aleppo might turn into heaps of ru­ins by the coming Christ­mas, in case the foes re­sumed full-scale fierce fight­ing with heavy arms. Shed­ding light on his ini­tia­tive on Aleppo de Mis­tura said it is aimed at halt­ing the fight­ing, with­draw­ing fight­ers of Al-Nusra Front (now called the Front of the Lib­er­a­tion of the Le­vant), which is clas­si­fied by the UN as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, as well as lift­ing the siege.

UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon said in his state­ment at the meet­ing that des­tiny of a na­tion such as Syria must not hinge on a sin­gle per­son-clearly al­lud­ing to Pres­i­dent Bashar Al-As­sad. He also echoed Kuwait’s stance that there is no mil­i­tary so­lu­tion to this ques­tion, urg­ing for a ces­sa­tion of the fight­ing, the air strikes on Aleppo and other bel­liger­ent ac­tions through­out the trou­bled na­tion. “Rad­i­cal el­e­ments must be iso­lated,” he said, hint­ing at the need for a mech­a­nism for mon­i­tor­ing sep­a­ra­tion of the “rad­i­cal el­e­ments from the mod­er­ate ones.” — KUNA

Kuwait Per­ma­nent Del­e­gate to the UN, Am­bas­sador Man­sour Al-Otaibi

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