Ala: Extending European sanctions on Syria and Caesar Act constitute crime against humanity

Geneva, SANA – Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Hussam Eddin Ala, said that European Union’s extensions of the unilateral coercive measures on Syria amid the Coronavirus pandemic, in parallel with the US applying the so-called “Caesar Act,” constitute a crime against humanity.

In a statement on Monday before the Human Right Council passed Britain’s draft resolution about the state of human rights in Syria, Ala denounced the Council resolutions for ignoring to American practices and statements which seek to prolong its humanitarian crises in Syria through the so-called Caesar Act, looting oil, and burning crops.

Ala underlined that addressing the humanitarian crises which the Syrian people are enduring cannot be done with conferences held without presence of the Syrian government nor through pressure on the United Nations to prevent it from supporting the development efforts, or hindering the reconstruction process, or by politicizing humanitarian aid and diverting it to areas where terrorists are active.

He stressed that the Council has ignored the war crimes which the Turkish regime has committed by destroying historical heritage, looting economic resources, and applying systematic Turkification measures in the north of Syria, in addition to ignoring the threats posed by the US against Syrian unity and territorial integrity through the support provided by US occupation forces to separatist militias in the southeast of Syria and terrorist groups in al-Tanf and al-Rukban.

Ala added that the Turkish regime is violating the Astana and Sochi agreements by providing direct military support and protection for Takfiri organizations such as Jabhat al-Nusra, as well as the participation of the Turkish occupation forces in the operations of terrorist organizations, in addition to making Idleb a hotbed of international terrorism.

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