Syria: Unilateral, coercive measures represent a tool for political blackmail and economic pressure

New York, SANA- Syria has said that the unilateral coercive measures represent a tool for coercion, economic pressure and political blackmail in violation of the charter which affirmed the principle of equality in sovereignty among states and put  the achievement of international cooperation and the improvement of the economic and social affairs of the peoples in the top of its goals.

“Washington and its allies have chosen to abandon diplomatic work and political dialogue and used the policies of hegemony, blockade and coercive measures to target certain countries and find means to interfere in their internal affairs and attempt to deny their sovereignty and undermine their national choices, and all their fabrications to justify their criminal behavior will not change the fact that these measures are illegal,” Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad said in a statement to UN General Assembly meeting on the coercive measures imposed on Syria.

The statement, that was submitted by Syria’s Permanente Representative to the UN, Ambassador Qusay al-Dahhak, added that the unilateral coercive measures deprive many peoples of enjoying their basic rights, including the right to a decent life, health, food, and development, and submit them to collective punishment which represent a violation of the United Nations Charter.

“Syria has been suffering, for more than four decades, from the repercussions of illegal measures imposed by successive American administrations and the European Union, and these measures increased during the terrorist war that the same countries launched against Syria to choke its people and punish them for adhering to their national choices and stances,” the statement said.

It added that Washington was not satisfied with the coercive measures, but it seeks to increase its sanctions through what it falsely calls the nature of laws such as the so-called “Caesar’s Law” and the “Captagon Law” and other tools of blackmail, political and economic pressure that targets anyone who tries to support Syria and its people.

“Syria reaffirms that the unilateral coercive measures represent economic terrorism and a sword hanging over the necks of the peoples and the financial institutions and trade and business sectors in the developing countries which have refrained from any dealings with the target countries for fear of being affected by the unjust American sanctions,” the statement concluded.

Mazen Eyon


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