Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, stressed that Syria supports all efforts exerted to put an end to all forms of sexual violence in case of armed conflicts and punishing the perpetrators, adding that Syria wishes to cooperate with the UN to uncover the reality of the situation in Syria far from politicization.
Delivering Syria’s statement at the open session of the U.N. Security Council pursuant to article titled “Women, Peace and Security” dedicated to discussing the report of the Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflicts, Dr. al-Jaafari said, “While we support all efforts exerted to put an end to all forms of sexual violence in case of armed conflicts and punishing the perpetrators, we call for caution and objectivity in approaching this dangerous humanitarian issue.”
Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN added that the Secretary-General representative pointed out in her report, in which she dedicated seven paragraphs to talk about claims concerning Syria, that she depended in her report on the International Fact-Finding Committee’s report for 2012-2013, stressing that the work of this committee has not been professional from the beginning, rather it was politicized par excellence as it rejected hundreds of documents provided by Syria on the crimes of the armed terrorist groups.
Al-Jaafari noted that the committee depended on unofficial reports prepared by opposition sides and enemy information sources, and it has not visited Syria until now.
Dr. al-Jaafari pointed out that the Secretary-General’s representative ignored her statement issued February 15, 2013 under the title “Syria… Release Kidnapped Women and Children and Protect them from Sexual Violence” in which she documented kidnapping a bus with at least 40 civilians, most of them women and children, by the armed terrorist groups in south western Syria.
Dr. al-Jaafari pointed out that Syria is looking forward to the visit of the Secretary-General’s representative, considering it as the start of the best way for cooperation and reaching correct information on sexual violence practiced by the armed terrorist groups against the Syrian people.