Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Hussam Eddin Ala, stated that the report of the International Commission of Inquiry on the situation in Syria revealed the intention to distort Syria’s image and provoke the international community and the public opinion against it.
Ala’s remarks came during an interactive dialogue on Syria within the framework of the 35th session of the Human Rights Council at the UN headquarters in Geneva.
He said that reading the brief at the beginning of the report on Aleppo city lacks credibility and it is full of biased, contradicted and inaccurate information and reveals that those who wrote it know nothing about the geography or the reality of what is taking place on the ground in Syria.
Ala added that the Syrian government has always been committed to the principles of the international law and it has abide by its obligations in terms of the war on terrorism, noting that the decision to liberate the eastern neighborhoods in Aleppo was based on the principle of preserving the Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Moreover, the Syrian government has launched several initiatives to evacuate the wounded, the patients and elderly people from Aleppo city, secure the withdrawal of gunmen to destinations of their own choice and help civilians to get out to safe areas through humanitarian channels, meanwhile, terrorist groups killed and terrified people who attempted to use those crossings, the Ambassador said.
He made clear that the accusations of imposing siege on civilians mentioned in the report have overlooked the Syrian state’s efforts and initiatives and contradicted the facts, rather the only alternative was to leave the civilians to suffer due to the terrorist practices despite the fact that the report itself acknowledges the terrorists’ inhumane practices such as imposing siege on civilians and using them as human shields, in addition to hindering the delivery of humanitarian aid and preventing the UN convoys from entering the areas under their control.
The Ambassador said that Syria rejects accusations of attacking civilians and facilities intentionally and consider them serving the dictations of parties involved in the war on Syria, and stressed that claims of using chlorine gas and targeting a humanitarian aid convoy in Urum al-Kubra are unrealistic, void and lack concrete evidence.
In contradiction to the claims of the report’s authors that they committed to the standards of assertion of facts, relying on open resources and interviews with alleged eyewitnesses in writing, the report breaches principles of honest work and proves that the Commission depended on inaccurate standards in addition to politicizing facts and adopting alleged information provided by foreign intelligence apparatus and parties that are hostile to Syria.
There is no wonder that the report ignored the role and responsibility of states which sponsored and funded the armed terrorist groups in Syria and practiced political blackmail topped by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the USA and France.
Ala said that “we feel no surprise that the Commission has heard nothing about the Turkish attacks against people of al-Bab city in Aleppo or the Turkish air bombardment which caused dozens of causalities.”
He concluded that the selective fragmental approach adopted by the Commission stresses that the main objective of these reports is to negatively affect the current Astana meetings which aim at preserving the cessation of hostilities and reaching a political solution to the crisis in Syria, in addition to hindering the local reconciliations which proved to be a success in several areas