Unjust siege threatens region’s security and stability: Qatar May 29, 2020 0 11282 12345 QNANew YorkQatar has reiterated that the unjust blockade imposed on it threatens the security and stability of the region, violates international law and contradicts the orientations of the international community.This came in a statement delivered by Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Ambassador HE Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif al Thani during a virtual meeting held by the UN Security Council on the ‘Protection of civilians in armed conflict’.She said the UN Security Council has stressed the importance of conflict prevention in the context of a commitment to collective action to spare people the suffering and destruction caused by conflicts and to enhance international peace and security.The envoy expressed her regret that this approach was not observed in many cases, as the unlawful blockade against Qatar will enter its fourth year on June 5.“The blockade is imposed under false pretenses without regard for the dire consequences for the security and stability of the region, at a time when the Arab region is witnessing many crises and conflicts that cause tremendous suffering,” Sheikha Alia said.Instead of seeking to contribute to resolving and settling these crises and their root causes, the blockading countries have chosen a path that violates the provisions of international law and contradicts the orientations of the international community, she added.The envoy also said Qatar is proud of its partnership with the United Nations system to improve the UN’s ability to respond quickly to millions of civilians caught up in armed conflict.She said Qatar is an active member of the support group of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, pointing to the assumption of Qatar to chair the group for the month of July.She noted the support to country-based pooled funds in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs since 2016, by providing unearmarked and rapid funding to bridge funding gaps, referring to the support provided by Qatar to humanitarian efforts in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria.In line with the State of Qatar’s intention to support the International Committee of the Red Cross, a joint declaration of intent, the first of its kind in the region, was signed to support civilians affected by armed conflict, which contributes to strengthening respect for international humanitarian law, she said.In the context of sharing responsibility and international cooperation to address the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, she underlined cooperation between Qatar and NATO in support of the calls made by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to counter the humanitarian effects of this pandemic. The support provided by Qatar to the global appeal launched by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to provide support for the transportation of humanitarian and medical supplies by air through the NATO Disaster Relief Coordination Center.She said the world is facing today an unprecedented global health crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, pointing to the forced displacement of more than 70 million people due to armed conflicts, saying that they are the most vulnerable to the threat of the pandemic.She stressed the need for immediate action by the international community to protect civilians in light of the risks posed by the pandemic, stressing the critical importance of a serious response by all parties to armed conflicts to the call of the UN Secretary-General on March 25, 2020 for a general ceasefire in the world.She said Qatar is proud to co-chair the Group of Friends of the Responsibility to Protect with Denmark and Costa Rica. 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