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Qatar urges world to protect Syrian people

Qatar has urged the international community to uphold its duty to provide full protection to the Syrian people and hold accountable all those responsible for crimes and human rights violations in Syria.
This came in a speech delivered by HE Ambassador Ali Khalfan al Mansouri, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva, during the interactive dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, under item 4 of the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council.
The Qatari diplomat thanked the Commission of Inquiry, saying, “We call on the Syrian authorities to allow the commission members to enter the country and enable them to carry out their mandate in the best possible way.”
He said the members of the International Commission of Inquiry presented a new testimony in their report, which documents many of the grave violations and crimes committed against the Syrian people. He stressed, however, that there are still many questions that have not been answered, including why millions of Syrians are still being killed, tortured and displaced for more than eight years, and why there is no any accountability so far for those responsible for these violations and crimes, despite the availability of sufficient evidence to convict them?
“We agree with what the report said regarding the importance of reaching a peaceful solution,” he said, noting that the Syrian regime has pursued various policies to thwart political talks every time there is a hope of finding a political solution.
“These policies include military escalation, destruction of cities, deliberate and systematic targeting of civilians and civilian facilities, continued obstruction of humanitarian access and the non-release of innocent detainees, especially women and children, who are subjected to the most heinous torture and oppression,” he said.
Ambassador Mansouri called on the international community to understand the game played by the Syrian regime and its allies to assume all its moral responsibilities in providing full protection for the Syrian people.