New York (IP) - The ever-increasing humanitarian crisis in Syria, compounded by the devastating earthquake on 6 February 2023, highlights the urgent need for humanitarian aid, said the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations.

Iran PressAmerica: The full text of the speech is as follows, 

Statement by Amir Saeid Iravani, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations On “Strengthening of the United Nations system - Before the UN General Assembly

Mr. President,

The Islamic Republic of Iran aligns itself with the statement delivered by the representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations. 

Mr. President,

Iran supports the provision of humanitarian assistance without politicization or conditions and in line with the principles of humanity, neutrality, and impartiality. Political considerations should not obstruct the delivery of aid to those in need.

The ever-increasing humanitarian crisis in Syria, further compounded by the devastating earthquake on 6 February 2023, highlights the urgent necessity for humanitarian aid. Ensuring the delivery of impartial and non-politicized assistance to all regions of Syria is paramount for saving lives and reaching the most vulnerable individuals while avoiding any hindrance from external factors. It is crucial, however, to uphold Syria's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and national unity throughout this process.

We applaud UN agencies and humanitarian partners for their relentless efforts in helping the Syrian people and working towards alleviating their suffering. It is important to plan humanitarian aid in a way that contributes to the restoration of infrastructure, rebuilding efforts, and the strengthening of the Syrian economy. Supporting sustainable, long-term development in Syria is crucial.

Mr. President, 

The continued imposition of unilateral sanctions poses a significant obstacle to improving Syria's humanitarian and economic situation. These illegal measures have negatively impacted the economy and living standards of the people while limiting the government's capacity to deliver basic services. Given the recent earthquake in Syria, it is even more critical to lift these unjust measures.

Mr. President, 

We regret that the Security Council failed to reach an agreement on the resolution for a cross-border mechanism. However, we acknowledge the sovereign decision of the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic, which, on July 13, 2023, announced the granting of permission for a six-month period to the United Nations and its relevant Specialized Agencies to utilize the Bab al-Hawa crossing point for delivering humanitarian assistance to the Syrian civilian population in need in the northwest region of the country. We warmly welcome this decision and sincerely hope that in providing humanitarian aid, the United Nations and its relevant agencies will address Syria's legitimate concerns. These concerns include the diversion of aid to terrorist organizations in the northwest region and the need for transparent and non-discriminatory distribution of aid. 

Mr. President, 

The Syrian Arab Republic has consistently emphasized that the cross-border mechanism undermines its sovereignty and territorial integrity, providing an opportunity for terrorist groups to exploit humanitarian aid for their interests. The situation raises legitimate concerns about Western intentions that they may seek to divide Syria and establish a self-governing region led by terrorists in the northwest.

The continued support for this border crossing through humanitarian aid further exacerbates these worries. It is crucial for Western countries to reconsider their approach, one that fully respects Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity and avoids legitimizing terrorist groups in Idlib through humanitarian assistance.

Instead of perpetuating an environment that enables these terrorist groups, who have taken hostage millions of people, to pursue their illegal activities, Western countries should foster an environment that encourages dialogue between the Syrian government and the concerned parties.

This way, the terrorists can be persuaded to lay down their weapons and put an end to foreign interference that violates Syria's territorial integrity.

In conclusion, Mr. President, Iran reaffirms its commitment to continue supporting the people and government of Syria in overcoming the threats of terrorism and foreign occupation. We stand ready to assist in rebuilding their country, ensuring its unity, and preserving its territorial integrity.

I thank you.


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