RUSSIA, SYRIA HAVE CREATED EASTERN GHOUTA HUMAN CORRIDORS: RUSSIAN FM
The people of Syria are facing a huge humanitarian crisis, but militants and their sponsors are preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid and evacuation of civilians in Eastern Ghouta, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said.
Lavrov made the statement, while addressing the high level segment of the 37th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council here, and was referring to UN Security Council Resolution 2401.
Lavrov was speaking, four days after the UN Security Council, on Saturday, unanimously adopted a resolution, demanding a ceasefire of at least 30 days across Syria, that would allow humanitarian access and urgent medical evacuations.
“Russia and the Syrian government have announced the creation of humanitarian corridors in Eastern Ghouta” near Damascus, he said.
“But the militants and their sponsors are hindering the delivery of humanitarian aid and the evacuation of all civilians, who wish to leave, as well as, continue to shell Damascus,” said Lavrov.
He urged the “member states of the so called U.S. coalition” to provide similar humanitarian access to the Syrian regions they control, including the Rukban refugee camp and the area around al Tanf.
On the Human Rights Council, he said, some UN members are preserving dividing lines “to add a political dimension to the council’s operations.”
“This prevents us from joining efforts to find answers to the common civilisation challenges, and to ensure genuine respect for the dignity and value of the individual,” said Lavrov.
“Russia will continue to fight the detestable practice of double standards, in particular, by helping the Syrian Army eradicate the terrorist threat,” said the Russian foreign minister.
“In this context, we are deeply concerned about the decision of the U.S. administration, to keep open the Guantanamo Bay detention centre, where the inmates, who have been incarcerated without any trial, are regularly tortured,” said Lavrov.
Source: NAM News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/russia-syria-have-created-eastern-ghouta-human-corridors-russian-fm/Politics