My delegation would like to thank the Independent International Commission of Inquiry for their continued work on this issue, as well as the Office of the High Commissioner for its summary briefing during this session
For nearly seven years now, the citizens of the Syrian Arab Republic have faced the consequences of an ongoing civil war. While a people suffers, this Council watches helplessly, unable to stop ongoing atrocities being committed by all sides of the conflict. Barely able to ease the suffering run rampant through Syria and neighboring countries, my delegation asserts that the effects of this conflict will leave its scars across generations of Syrians, and that each of us in the international community now bear the burden of working to heal these ever deepening wounds.
The deliberate targeting of essential services, such as health facilities, schools, water resources, care workers, and ambulances contravene international humanitarian law, not to mention the most basic concepts of human decency. The Maldives remains concerned by the Pro-Government forces continuing to use of prohibited weapons, including chlorine munitions, incendiary weapons, and cluster munitions by pro-Government forces. That there are fewer and fewer sanctuaries available to the populations of Syria, that nowhere is safe within ever expanding zones of conflict, lays the brutal truth of the barbarity of the situation on the ground. Indiscriminate attacks on civilians, including children, are leaving multitudes dead or disabled in their wake. And though one abhors to attempt to compare atrocities on this scale, it is with a particular affinity that we denounce the actions of the so-called “Islamic State” or “Da’esh.”
Though war crimes are being committed by every side of this conflict, Da’esh represents the clearest and most present danger to the future development of all nations. Their extremist ideology surpasses the global order, beyond nations and power politics, to perceived mandate akin to global domination. The threat we face is real, and it is a threat collectively faced by all of humanity. Our solutions are only viable in our united commitment to their execution, and our resolve to follow through. It is our duty to ensure a new generation is not radicalized, and that path towards countering violent extremism is clear.
We are all connected. This conflict will leave scars across the bodies, minds, and souls of generations of Syrian people. But it will also leave scars across the span of humanity, who witnessed the full measure of our inadequacy. It will also leave scars across this Council, as one of its most glaring failures since its inception.
The Maldives calls on the international community at large and this Council in particular to address meaningful action to undertake efforts to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria from its present situation.
Thank you Mr. President