Kuwait urges UNSC to shoul­der re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards Aleppo

Arab FMs con­cerned over Syr­ian ci­ties’ ‘de­mog­ra­phy change’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait’s First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Khaled AlHa­mad Al-Sabah re­it­er­ated call for UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC) to shoul­der re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards dev­as­tat­ing con­flict in Syria and the un­fold­ing Aleppo tragedy.

The UNSC has to ful­fill its du­ties to find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to this dev­as­tat­ing con­flict and to put an end to the fight­ing and de­struc­tion in Syr­ian ci­ties, Sheikh Sabah AlKhaled said in his speech at the ex­tra­or­di­nary Arab for­eign min­is­ters’ meet­ing held in Cairo late Mon­day.

The so­lu­tion of the cri­sis should be based on the rel­e­vant Arab and UNSC res­o­lu­tions, and Geneva I meet­ing out­come, he stressed. He warned that the cur­rent tragic sit­u­a­tion in Aleppo would have grave con­se­quences on the se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of the re­gion and the whole world. He un­der­lined that there would be no mil­i­tary so­lu­tion to the con­flict in Syria. “There will be no so­lu­tion in Syria other than a ne­go­tiable peace­ful so­lu­tion based on in­ter­na­tional ref­er­ences,” he stated.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled hoped the Arab min­is­te­rial meet­ing would end up with ef­fec­tive res­o­lu­tions to sup­port Syr­ian peo­ple. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled shed lights on the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to deal with the Syr­ian cri­sis since March 2011.

Over 2,206 days, the Arab League held 40 or­di­nary, ex­tra­or­di­nary and com­mit­tee meet­ings at the lev­els of min­is­ters and per­ma­nent del­e­gates to the pan-Arab or­ga­ni­za­tion over Syria. The Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) has also held sev­eral meet­ings on the dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tional lev­els to dis­cuss the Syr­ian cri­sis and en­su­ing “worst hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in the mod­ern his­tory.”

Three con­fer­ences

The tragic hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion fea­tured high on the dif­fer­ent Arab, Is­lam and in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences, he said. In this re­gard, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled noted that Kuwait has hosted three in­ter­na­tional donors con­fer­ences for Syria in 2013, 2014, 2015 and co-or­ga­nized the fourth one in Lon­don in 2016.

Kuwait has pledged a to­tal of $1.6 bil­lion for Syria peo­ple in the four con­fer­ences, the min­is­ter said, ad­ding that pop­u­lar cam­paigns to pro­vide re­lief aid to peo­ple of Aleppo has col­lected so far more than $20 mil­lion.

De­spite all th­ese ef­forts, the blood of Syr­ian peo­ple still be­ing shed, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled lamented. He re­called some of the ap­palling fig­ures of the con­flict. Over 400,000 peo­ple have been killed since the erup­tion of the cri­sis in ad­di­tion to 4.8 mil­lion of refugees and 6.6 mil­lion of in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple, he said.

Kuwait’s top diplo­mat ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the Arab League Gen­eral Sec­re­tar­iat and mem­ber states for their swift re­sponse and sup­port to Kuwait’s de­mand for hold­ing an ur­gent Arab min­is­te­rial meet­ing over the de­vel­op­ments in Aleppo.

Mean­while, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled ex­tended his con­do­lences to gov­ern­ments and peo­ple of Jor­dan, Iraq, Ye­men, So­ma­lia and Egypt on the vic­tims of the re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks that tar­geted their coun­tries. He re­it­er­ated Kuwait’s firm stance against th­ese heinous ter­ror­ist acts and its sup­port to all re­gional and in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to erad­i­cate the scourge of ter­ror­ism.

The Arab for­eign min­is­ters have raised con­cerns and ex­pressed to­tal re­jec­tion of the Syr­ian regime mea­sures to cre­ate new de­mo­graphic re­al­i­ties in var­i­ous Syr­ian ci­ties. In a state­ment at the con­clu­sion of their meet­ing, the min­is­ters ex­pressed full op­po­si­tion to the Syr­ian regime and its al­lies’ mea­sures and poli­cies to change the de­mo­graphic char­ac­ter­is­tic of Aleppo and other ci­ties through dis­plac­ing their res­i­dents and bring­ing in oth­ers to re­place them.

They em­pha­sized the need for guar­an­tees to en­sure the re­turn of evac­uees and dis­placed peo­ple to their ci­ties and homes af­ter the end of the con­flict. They called for con­certed ef­forts to achieve a cease­fire deal and re­sume peace talks to reach a diplo­matic so­lu­tion to the cri­sis.

They re­it­er­ated com­mit­ment to sup­port the as­pi­ra­tion of Syr­ian peo­ple for free­dom, equal­ity, fair­ness, and sta­bil­ity. They min­is­ters also strongly con­demned the crimes of the ter­ror­ist groups in Syria such as the so-called Is­lamic State and Al-Nusra Front. They urged the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to take firm ac­tions against those re­spon­si­ble for the gross hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion and mas­sacres against civil­ians in Syria. The min­is­ters called on the UN to press for an end to the blood­shed in Syria and to help re­vive talks be­tween war­ring par­ties. — KUNA

CAIRO: First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Khaled AlHa­mad Al-Sabah heads Kuwait’s del­e­ga­tion at the ex­tra­or­di­nary Arab for­eign min­is­ters’ meet­ing. — KUNA

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