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Humanitan crisis, worsened by Covid-19, calls for a relaxation of sanctions impose on Syria:India

Updated: Mar 13, 2022

UNITED NATIONS: India has told the UN Security Council that the

the humanitarian crisis, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, calls for a relaxation of

sanctions imposed on Syria, saying the international community must act with a

“sense of urgency” to help the Syrian people.

India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti said this

on Monday while addressing the Security Council briefing on Syria.

“The 10-year long Syrian conflict has brought untold suffering to the Syrian

people. The Covid-19 pandemic has further compounded the situation, posing

serious challenges to the fragile health infrastructure. There is an urgent need to

increase humanitarian assistance to all Syrians throughout the country without

discrimination, politicization, and any preconditions,” Tirumurti said.

He emphasized that the humanitarian crisis, exacerbated by the pandemic, “calls

for a relaxation of sanctions imposed on Syria. The international community must

act with a sense of urgency to help the Syrian people.”

He voiced conviction that all efforts towards improving the humanitarian situation

in Syria will positively impact the political track as well and called upon the wider

UN system, in particular, the World Health Organization and the United Nations

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, to prioritize the vaccination

program in Syria, including through the COVAX initiative.

“India firmly believes that long-term security and stability in this region can only be

achieved by preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. We also

remain convinced that there can be no military solution to the Syrian conflict and

reaffirm our commitment to advancing a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned UN-

facilitated political process” in line with relevant UNSC resolution.

India has extended developmental assistance and human resource development

support to Syria regularly, including lines of credits for developmental projects and

supply of medicine and food.

-TOI, Lakshmi Madhusoodanan

Research intern

Mar 16, 2021

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