‘There can be no military solution to the Syrian conflict’: India’s Permanent UN Representative

‘There can be no military solution to the Syrian conflict’: India’s Permanent UN Representative India's Permanent Representative TS Tirumurti

India’s Permanent Representative to United Nations, TS Tirumurti on Monday (March 15) said that only a peaceful solution would end the conflict in Syria. Tirumurti also added that India remains steadfast in helping the UN and its political process to bring peace to Syria under Resolution 2254.

He added that external forces are trying to manipulate the Syrian political process and so there is a need for ‘Constructive international diplomacy’ is needed to bridge the existing divide. Furthermore, he called on the international community to fulfill its obligations in fighting terrorism that has been perpetrated by external forces to damage the peace process in the country.

The diplomat stressed the urgent need to provide Syrians with humanitarian assistance without any ‘discrimination’, ‘politicisation, and ‘precondition’. In addition, he stated that India had supported Syria through several developments, assistance and will continue to do so in the future.

The discussions were taking place during the Security Council briefing on the Middle East. The aim of the Syrian peace process is conducted through Resolution 2254 which was adopted on December 18, 2015, and calls for a ceasefire and political settlement in Syria

Syria’s civil war began during the Arab Spring in 2011 as a peaceful uprising against the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad. However, the peaceful protest soon turned into a full-blown civil war. According to WHO estimates, after almost ten years of conflict and displacement, an unprecedented number of children in Syria are now battling soaring rates of malnutrition. As many as 4.6 million children are reportedly food insecure in Syria.

The war since 2011, has escalated and destroyed cities, straining global politics, and spurring diplomatic efforts. The situation took a turn for the worse after the global pandemic brought international trade to a standstill. In 2020, food insecurity remains at critical levels and has been compounded by the total collapse of the Syrian currency and ongoing sanctions imposed by foreign powers, according to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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