UAE calls for concerted action to end violence in Syria

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UAE calls for concerted action to end violence in Syria

UAE’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, Obaid Salem Al Za’abi, has called for a concerted international action to bring Syrian parties to the negotiating table to stop the bloodshed and restore stability in the country.

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Published: Fri 20 Sep 2013, 9:09 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:06 PM

Ambassador Al Za’abi was speaking before the 24th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, being held from September 9 to 27.

The interactive session discussed a report compiled by an independent international investigation committee on Syria and a report from the special rapporteur on the internally displaced Syrians.

Al Za’abi welcomed the members of the investigation team and the special rapporteur, appreciating their efforts on compiling the two reports about the dire conditions in Syria.

He noted that the issuance of the two reports coincided with another UN report on the use of chemical weapons on civilians in the Al Ghouta area, near Damascus. The incident claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians besides injuring many others.

Ambassador Al Za’abi underlined that the UAE condemned in the strongest terms the attack on innocent people, calling on the international community to bring perpetrators to book.

He noted that 10 reports have been filed on the deteriorating human rights in Syria and endorsed by the Human Rights Council, but civilians are still being displaced or killed in Syria.

Al Za’abi urged the international community to put an end to the bloodshed in Syria, citing the report compiled by the committee, calling for an end to the conflict before any political solution in Syria.

He noted that the upsurge of violence caused the huge displacement of over six million Syrians internally, while others fled to neighbouring countries.

Ambassador Al Za’abi commended the efforts being exerted by the UAE Red Crescent Authority to assist Syrian refugees in Jordan. He said the UAE supports the call of the special rapporteur on protecting and assisting displaced Syrians.

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