Ala: Briefing of investigation committee on Syria contains baseless allegations

Geneva, SANA – Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva Hussam Eddin Ala said that the briefing by the head international investigation committee on Syria included baseless allegations on the situation in Idleb that show a selective approach.

In a statement on Tuesday before the Human Rights Council for discussing human rights in Syria, Ala said that the so-called “interactive dialogue” with the committee is lacking as the time allocated to Syria is restricted compared to the time given to the committee to make claims and accusations, all while depriving Syria of the sufficient time to refute those claims.

He said the current form of the dialogue only seeks to defame Syria, criticizing the handful states that take over the discussion and promote positions that are contradictory and employ double standards, mainly Britain.

Ala said the aforementioned briefing is recycled and fails to address the suffering of Syrians caused by terrorism and sanctions, and instead it promotes the positions of the states that control the committee to continue leveling false accusations at the Syrian government.

He asserted that the briefings allegations about the situation in Idleb are baseless, and that the refusal of the committee to hold the US and the militias under its control responsible for the terrible conditions of the civilians held against their will at al-Rukban and al-Houl camps is evidence of its selective approach.

Ala pointed out to the recent Israeli attack on Syria which claimed the lives of four civilians including an infant girl, injured 21 others, and caused damage to houses and properties, saying that the investigation committee finds no reason to investigate or condemn such breaches of international humanitarian law, much like how it ignores the many airstrikes carried out by the US, France, and Britain which claimed the lives of thousands of civilians and caused massive destruction in Raqqa city.

He said discussions will remain pointless unless they address the factors that cause humanitarian suffering accurately, primarily terrorism and the role of the states that sponsor terrorism and impose sanctions on the Syrian people.

Ala said the accusations claiming that the Syrian state and its allies deliberately target civilians and civilian facilities in Idleb are baseless, as operations there target terrorism with precise and calculated strikes, noting that over 90% of Idleb and its surroundings has terrorist groups affiliated to and led by Jabhat al-Nusra, which attack civilians indiscriminately in Aleppo, Hama, and Lattakia.

He said that the duty of the Syrian state is to liberate its lands and rid its people of terrorists, asserting that the Syrian government has taken all possible precautions to protect civilians and infrastructure, and that no hospitals or schools have been targeted as some impartial sides claim.

Hazem Sabbagh

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