India on Monday expressed displeasure over the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria. It underscored how the humanitarian crisis in Syria does not see any significant improvement in recent months.
Calling for a nationwide comprehensive ceasefire, India said that it will help expand the crossline humanitarian aid operations in the Western Asian country.
At a UNSC briefing on Syria Monday, Pratik Mathur, Counsellor in India’s Permanent Mission to UNGA, said decade-long conflict and involvement of external players has adversely affected the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.
He reiterated that it is for the Syrians to determine and decide what is best for Syria and their own future.
“India has been reiterating since the beginning of the conflict that imposing external solutions cannot help in the resolution of the conflict,” he said.
When it comes to the security front, he said India remains concerned with the overall situation in Syria.
India reiterates Syria-owned resolution to country’s problems
Also, these ongoing cross-border operations will continue to negatively impact the sovereignty of the Syrian State.
India urged all the sides involved in the Syrian conflict to desist from any actions.
“Further, the growing influence of terrorist groups in IDP camps like Al-Rukban and Al-Hol needs to be urgently addressed and the issue of repatriation of foreign citizens from these campsites needs to be dealt with, on priority,” he added.
Considering the difficult economic and social situation in Syria in the wake of the pandemic, India stressed the need to scale up humanitarian assistance.
India, on its part, has continued to extend developmental assistance and human resource development to Syria. It has come up with grants and lines of credits for developmental projects, supply of medicine among others.
Broadly, India reaffirmed its commitment to a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned UN-facilitated political process in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
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