14 March 2014
Statement by H.E. Mr. G. Hossein Dehghani Ambassador and Charge d’Affaire a.i.
Of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Before the Informal Meeting of the General Assembly
On the ongoing humanitarian and political crisis in Syria
14 March 2014 , New York
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
I wish to thank Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Mr. Brahimi, joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab for Syria, for this informal meeting of the General Assembly to update UN Member States on the ongoing humanitarian and political crisis in Syria.
What we heard from Mr. Brahimi shows that stalemate in the political process continues and so does the suffering of the Syrian people.
It is very unfortunate that the Syrian crisis has continued unabated over the past 3 years and led to enormous suffering for the Syrian people, as the prime victims of this crisis, and created serious security challenges for the region and beyond. As from the beginning, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always stressed the need to search for a comprehensive political settlement for this crisis. Likewise, throughout the Syria conflict, we have always reiterated that there could be no military solution to this conflict. Accordingly, Iran has done whatever in its power to facilitate a peaceful way out of the crisis. Thus, we have actively participated, or have and continue to be willing to participate, in all political process aiming at political settlement for Syrian crisis. In doing so, we have undertaken numerous initiatives towards helping Syrian parties (including political opposition groups) to find a political solution in close cooperation with the UN officials and envoys.
The role of the United Nations in Syria is certainly of fundamental importance. We emphasize the need to respect the UN guiding principles of impartiality in this crisis as in any other crisis happening around the world. The role of the United Nations should be to facilitate the political settlement and pave the way for the humanitarian assistance to be delivered to the needy people in the field, no matter where they are and what their political tendencies are. In our view, any deviation from these principles would damage the overall aim of any political process.
Pending a peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict, it is imperative that the international community does whatever in its power to stop the humanitarian situation from deteriorating and alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people. Undoubtedly, immediate cessation of the armed fighting and the provision of humanitarian assistance to those in need inside Syria and in the refugee camps in the region should come first on the scale of priorities. At the same time, we stress that extreme care should be taken that all actions to be free from political prejudices and political agendas.
I should also seize this opportunity to commend the genuine efforts by the United Nations system and all humanitarian and medical personnel in Syria and in neighboring countries and condemn all acts or threats of violence against these staff and humanitarian actors, which have resulted in the death, injury and detention of many humanitarian personnel.
We fully understand the seriousness and urgency of the humanitarian situation in Syria. That is why the Islamic Republic of Iran has declared, at the highest level, its readiness to use its good offices, when and where feasible, to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the people in need in Syria. We continue to do so.
Harboring the fantasy of a military solution by some outsiders lies at the root of the dire situation that we are encountering now in Syria .We hope that wisdom prevails and no effort is made any further to advance any political agenda at the cost of befalling similar sufferings to innocent peoples in Syria or any part of the world. To avoid providing the notorious terrorist and extremist groups with arms and military equipment is the first major step in launching a genuine Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political process towards a peaceful settlement of this conflict. In our view, to stop the support for these groups and their heinous acts is the first prerequisite that will remove the main reason for the failure of numerous political efforts, so far undertaken by the international community.
I thank you Mr. President.