Updated: June 03, 2022 11:46 p.m. STI
New York [US]June 3 (ANI): Expressing concern over the escalation of hostilities in Syria, India said on Friday that threats to launch “military operations” by outside actors had worsened the situation in the war-torn country. .
The criticism comes amid Turkey’s announcement that it will launch a military offensive in northern Syria, promising to proceed step by step in other parts of the country.
Speaking at the UNSC meeting on Syria, India’s permanent mission adviser to the UN, Pratik Mathur, said external support for armed groups in Syria was complicating the situation and driving growth. of terrorism.
“The violence has followed sectarian lines and terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda, have entrenched themselves more than ever. Those most affected in this vicious circle of violence have undeniably been women and children. hundreds arrested or disappeared,” he said at the Arria Formula meeting on “Syrian Women’s Voices on Detainees and Disappeared in Syria.”
Over 14 million people across the country are now in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Syrian women, children and the elderly have been disproportionately badly affected.
The Indian diplomat said that New Delhi has always condemned all acts of violence in Syria as well as violations of international humanitarian law and human rights, regardless of who committed them.
“We have also condemned in the strongest terms all terrorist acts that have been and continue to be committed in Syria. terrorism in Syria,” he said.
“Hostilities, including airstrikes and shelling in northwestern Syria, continue to affect civilians, including women and children, and we remain gravely concerned about an increase in airstrikes in the north -Western Syria at the end of April. Threats to launch military operations ‘by external actors on Syrian territory, have further aggravated the situation,” he added.
In this context, the Indian diplomat said that the issue of the status of women and detainees cannot be discussed in isolation, nor can it be seen in a narrow perspective of acts committed by one party.
“We call on all parties in Syria to address these challenges. We must strengthen the hands of the special envoy and support his step-by-step approach,” he said.
“It is also up to the Syrians themselves to deliberate and establish responsibility for the crimes committed. In this regard, we take note of the recent steps taken by Syria, including the general amnesty and legislation criminalizing torture,” he said. he added.
During his remarks, Advisor Mathur reaffirmed India’s commitment to advancing a Syrian-led and Syrian-facilitated political process in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.
He said India strongly believes that long-term security and stability in the region can only be achieved by preserving Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“India has continued to extend development assistance and human resource development support to Syria through grants and lines of credit for development projects, provision of medicine and food, artificial limb adaptation camps, a next generation computer center and capacity building training programs,” said the Indian. diplomat added. (ANI)