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The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry affirmed in its statement that tackling the humanitarian crisis in Syria demands dealing with its roots and the factors causing its aggravation, on top being combating the foreign-backed terrorism and lifting the unilateral sanctions imposed on Syria by the US, the EU and other countries.

Damascus, 23/02/2014 – Foreign and Expatriates Ministry reiterated that it will continue cooperation with the UN in securing and indiscriminately delivering humanitarian aid to the people affected by the crisis in all the Syrian provinces, in light of the resolution adopted by the UN Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria on Saturday.

The Ministry stressed in a statement issued Sunday its readiness to cooperate with the UN Resident Coordinator and the international organizations operating in the humanitarian field in Syria to get to agree on the mechanisms to implement the Security Council resolution no. 2139 on the basis of respecting the principles of the UN Charter, the rules of the international law and the main principles regulating humanitarian work.

The Ministry highlighted that on top of those principles and rules are respecting the national sovereignty and the role of the state in Syria and the principles of neutrality and integrity as well as not politicizing the issue of humanitarian aid.

The Ministry’s statement asserted that the Syrian government has always worked on performing its duties of providing the basic requirements to its citizens and for that end it has cooperated with the UN and other international organizations.

It added that the government’s cooperation with the international organizations has been through a chain of successive plans agreed upon since 2012 to respond to the humanitarian needs of the people affected by the crisis, the latest of which is the response plan of 2014 that was approved last December.

The statement noted that a set of measures lately taken by the Syrian government have allowed expanding the range of the UN activities and increasing the effectiveness of these activities, which has resulted in the UN distributing food aid to around 3.8 million citizens monthly.

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry affirmed in its statement that tackling the humanitarian crisis in Syria demands dealing with its roots and the factors causing its aggravation, on top being combating the foreign-backed terrorism and lifting the unilateral sanctions imposed on Syria by the US, the EU and other countries.

“In this context, Syria considers that the Security Council’s admission of the escalated al-Qaeda-linked takfiri terrorism and the call upon the Council to combat and conquer this terrorism is a step towards the right direction which Syria looks forward to build on with more steps,” said the Ministry’s statement.

It clarified that those additional steps include compelling the countries involved in providing financial and military support, training, harbor and arms to the terrorist groups in Syria to refrain from further backing terrorism and abide by the Security Council’s relevant resolutions.

“While stressing its readiness to contribute to every sincere and honest effort aimed to provide the basic needs to its citizens, the Syrian government affirms on the other hand the importance that the international efforts be honest and far from the political use that is based on exploiting the humanitarian suffering,” the Ministry said.

It went on saying that the international efforts in the humanitarian field should be aimed at meeting the citizens’ needs away from double standards and the political agendas which some countries seek to enforce at the expense of the Syrian citizens’ suffering, particularly with regard to the need to lift the one-sided sanctions which harm the living conditions of the Syrian people.

Source: SANA/HS

SFP 23 Feb 2014

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