Mar 21, 2024, 9:51 PM
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Israel's illegal attacks on Syria must end immediately: Iran UN envoy

New York, IRNA - Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Amir Saeed Iravani emphasized that there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis and said that the Islamic Republic of Iran considers the Israeli regime's military and illegal attacks in Syria provocative and strongly condemns them.

Iravani made the remarks at the meeting of the United Nations Security Council about the situation in the Middle East and Syria.

"The Zionist regime must Take responsibility for these aggressive actions and put an end to them immediately," he added.

He pointed out that this month is the 13th anniversary of the beginning of the conflict in Syria, adding, "During these 13 years, the Syrian people have suffered a lot and this conflict has had adverse consequences on peace, security and stability throughout the region."

The senior Iranian diplomat at the United Nations added that since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, some countries have pursued their political agenda in Syria through military solutions.

"By ignoring the basic principles of the United Nations Charter, they have violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and supported terrorist and separatist groups," he added.

The full text of Iravani's speech is as follows: 

Mr. President, 

We thank Mr. Pederson, the Special Envoy, and Ms. Joyce Msuya, Assistant Secretary-General for their briefings.

Mr. President,

This month marks the thirteenth anniversary of the start of the conflict in Syria.

Over these thirteen years, the Syrian people have greatly suffered, with the conflict also having adverse consequences on the peace, security, and stability of the entire region.

Since the start of the conflict in 2011, certain countries have pursued their political agenda in Syria through military solutions. To this end, they disregarded basic principles of the UN Charter, violated Syrian Sovereignty and territorial integrity, and supported terrorist and separatist groups.

Regrettably, after thirteen years, these countries are resorting to sanctions as a means to achieve objectives they failed to attain  through military or diplomatic channels.

Mr. President,

Addressing the root causes of the crisis in Syria requires fundamental actions to ensure lasting peace, security, and stability.

Several key principles must be thoroughly adhered to by all parties involved.

Firstly, it must be recognized that there is no military solution. Likewise, actions such as politicizing humanitarian aid, obstructing the return of refugees and displaced persons, and especially imposing unilateral sanctions, serve only to prolong the crisis and worsen the suffering endured by the Syrian population.

Secondly, the conflict cannot be resolved without upholding the full sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic. Under no circumstances can these essential elements be compromised.

The Syrian people refuse to accept the ongoing occupation of their land or any violation of their sovereignty. Also, the international community must reject such actions, as they contravene fundamental principles of international law.

We reiterate our call for the immediate withdrawal of all uninvited foreign forces from Syria. Specifically, we emphasize the imperative for the withdrawal of U.S. forces occupying parts of Syrian territory.

Furthermore, the restoration of Syria's territorial integrity demands relentless efforts to combat all terrorist groups without interruption.

Any pause in these operations would provide an opportunity for these groups to solidify their position and perpetrate further atrocities. This would make the conflict last longer and make it harder to find a political solution. It is imperative, however, that the protection of civilians remains paramount throughout counterterrorism efforts.

We strongly condemn the ongoing Israeli military attacks in Syria as both unlawful and provocative, serving only to escalate tensions and undermine stability. That regime must be held accountable and forced to end such aggressive actions immediately.

Mr. President,

While providing immediate aid is crucial, it is not a sustainable solution in the long term.

Efforts must focus on rebuilding critical infrastructure, creating conditions for the safe return of refugees and internally displaced persons, and advancing the political process.

In this context, we call for the immediate lifting of unilateral sanctions. The continuous of such inhuman measures violates the basic human rights of the Syrian people, punish the entire Syrian population, and exacerbate the plight of the most vulnerable segments of society. In addition, the alleged humanitarian exemptions within sanctions frameworks often prove ineffective, given the complex and extensive nature of these sanctions.

Mr. President,

In its turn, Iran is committed to a political resolution of this crisis. It will continue supporting a truly Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, UN-facilitated political process, as well as assisting the people and Government of Syria to restore the unity and territorial integrity of their country.

We support the efforts being conducted by Mr. Pederson, Special Envoy, for the resumption of the meetings of the Constitutional Committee as an effective mechanism for advancing the political process. In this regard, we welcome his recent visit from Damascus and engagement with Syrian authorities.

Mr. President,

Iran, along with its Astana format partners, is committed to working towards long-term and sustainable normalization in and around Syria.

We support continuing the Syrian-Turkish dialogue as part of this effort.

We also support efforts and cooperation within the Astana format to reveal the fate of missing persons.

Lastly, it is of utmost importance to make every possible effort to facilitate the safe and dignified return of Syrian refugees to their homeland and to meet their humanitarian needs.

I thank you


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