India stands ready to work with UN to ensure supply of COVID-19 vaccines in Syria


India, which has shipped essential provides of COVID-19 vaccines to nations globally, has mentioned it stands ready to work with the United Nations and its companies to ensure the doses are delivered to individuals of Syria going through “dire” state of affairs compounded by the pandemic, winterisation and meals insecurity.

Speaking on the UN General Assembly high-level panel on the human rights state of affairs in Syria on Tuesday, India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Okay Nagaraj Naidu mentioned India continues to stand with the individuals of Syria in the grave hour of want.

“The 10-year long Syrian conflict has brought about much suffering to the Syrian people. The country is facing a dire situation compounded by COVID-19, winterisation and food insecurity which is putting into peril the future of 17 million Syrians, including 6.2 million displaced people,” he mentioned.

India has prolonged 12 million {dollars} in humanitarian help by way of bilateral and multilateral channels and final July, greater than 10 MT (metric tonnes) of drugs provides have been delivered to assist Syria cope with the pandemic. Earlier this month, greater than 2000 MT of meals provides had been delivered.

“We also stand ready to work with the UN and its agencies to ensure COVID-19 vaccines can be brought to the aid and assistance of the people of Syria,” Naidu mentioned.

India’s efforts and contribution in the direction of offering essential provides of the COVID-19 vaccines world wide are being extensively applauded, with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres hailing India for being a “global leader in pandemic response efforts” for having supplied essential medicines, diagnostic kits, ventilators and private protecting gear to greater than 150 nations.

Under the initiative “Vaccine Maitri”, which interprets into Vaccine Friendship, India is offering vaccines to the world.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had advised the Security Council final month that whereas India is a major supply of supply to the COVAX facility, the nation can also be straight sending vaccines to buddies and companions.

“Starting with our immediate neighbours, 25 nations across the world have already received Made in India vaccines. 49 more countries will be supplied in the coming days, ranging from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean to Africa, South-East Asia and the Pacific Islands,” Jaishankar had mentioned.

UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir famous with concern on the session {that a} decade of demise, displacement and destruction, has left the Syrian individuals with little hope.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered. Aerial and artillery bombardments have reduced cities to rubble. More than half of the pre-conflict population is displaced. Starvation is used as a weapon of war,” he mentioned.

Bozkir referred to the report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, launched final month, which had mentioned “the horrors of the conflict have left no Syrian family untouched.”
Bozkir mentioned the Syrian individuals have endured being held underneath siege, and suffered the results, of chemical weapons assaults.
“Recent reports document the killing, torture, and inhuman treatment of people in Syria, particularly of those deprived of their liberty,” he added.

Naidu added that the most recent report of the Independent International Commission of Enquiry, in addition to highlighting the human rights violations perpetrated by the events to the battle, factors to the internationalisation of the battle due to involvement of influential states.

“The conflict in Syria is primarily political in nature. The fact that the conflict has been so protracted and intractable, points to the inevitability of a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political process, preserving the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria,” culminating in constitutional reform and free and honest elections.
“We call on all parties to the conflict to show political will and statesmanship to break the current impasse on the political track,” he mentioned.

Naidu additionally pointed the involvement of exterior actors in Syria has given a fillip to the expansion of terrorism in Syria and in the area.

He described as extraordinarily regarding the presence of 11,000 ISIL fighters in the North East and studies of radicalisation, coaching, and incitement in camps housing ISIL fighters in Syria. “It is imperative that all parties must adhere to their international obligations to fight terrorism and terrorist organisations in Syria,” he mentioned.

He pressured that the dimensions, severity and complexity of humanitarian wants ought to provoke the collective conscience of the worldwide group, notably those that advocate linking of humanitarian and developmental help to anticipated outcomes on the political observe.

“We appeal for an assessment of sanctions measures imposed by countries on Syria since they considerably aggravate the current situation faced by the people, especially women, children, and the elderly,” he mentioned.

The safety of civilian life is paramount, and the blatant disregard for civilian security runs opposite to the obligations that every one events should uphold underneath worldwide humanitarian legislation and worldwide human rights legislation, Naidu mentioned.


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