Sunday, 17 October 2021 09:39 GMT

Qatar attends meeting on accountability of perpetrators of crimes in Syria


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) New York: The State of Qatar participated in the ministerial meeting on the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes in Syria, on pursuing comprehensive justice in the country. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The State of Qatar was represented at the meeting by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs H E Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi.

During Qatar's speech at the meeting, he said that this year is the 10th anniversary of the Syrian revolution. He said that the event has unfortunately led to disastrous results since then, with devastating loss of life and displacement of millions of Syrians, in addition to threats to regional and international peace and security. 

He added that it is clear this crisis will not be resolved through violence, but only through a political process with leadership by the United Nations in a way that achieves the rights of the Syrian people. He added that the State of Qatar keeps calling for a peaceful resolution to the crisis that leads to a political transition in line with the Geneva statement and UN Security Council resolution, including resolution no. 2254. 

He highlighted that in addition to being one of the leading countries in providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, Qatar has also committed itself to the legal and moral responsibility to address war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria, based on the country's belief that ensuring accountability and addressing impunity is not only a moral obligation, but also a condition for reconciliation, sustainable peace and the prevention of the recurrence of crimes. He added that, in 2016, Qatar and Lichtenstein and other partners worked on establishing the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria, following a decision by the General Assembly.

He added Qatar welcomes the information reported recently, which states that the mechanism helped many judicial authorities put to trial those who committed crimes in Syria.  He said that the atrocities committed in Syria are some of the most documented of any conflict, and include the worst use of chemical weapons, killings, disappearances and arbitrary detention on a large scale and other patterns of violations and abuses. He stressed that all these violations necessitate the continuation of work with the mechanism with support from the international community, which includes providing the necessary financing to ensure its independence and credibility. 

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs highlighted that Qatar offered a financial contribution worth $1m. He also stressed that Qatar will continue to support the mechanism, reiterating Qatar's condemnation of the violence against civilians and severe violations of international law and international humanitarian law regardless of who commits them.
 

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