The UN Secretariat secretly prohibited the organization’s units from participating in the restoration of the Syrian economy, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
“It turned out that indeed the political department of the UN Secretariat published and disseminated throughout the UN system a secret directive prohibiting organizations included in this system to participate in any projects to restore the Syrian economy. Only humanitarian aid, nothing more, “the minister said.
According to him, the condition for the restoration of Syria was called “progress in the so-called political transition.”
Lavrov pointed to the inadmissibility of attempts by individual countries to manipulate the UN secretariat and urged Western partners to abandon attempts to use international organizations “in the dark.”
“I asked the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres why such questions are the subject of some secret secretarial internal directives, why they are not informed about the Security Council directly dealing with the Syrian settlement, and why such decisions are made without an open, objective analysis of the situation on land, “Lavrov stressed.
He noted that the UN Secretary General promised to understand this situation.
The minister also stressed that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees should not become a branch of Western countries. So he commented on the words of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, who said that it is impossible to return refugees to Syria under the current dangerous conditions.
“We were told that the commissar had in mind the following: until there is a process of so-called political transition, the main donors, and this is the West, first of all, will not give money to restore infrastructure and the economy as a whole. We stated our view that there are other donors besides Western ones, “Davrov added.
The Refugee Reception Center reported that more than 1.7 million Syrians expressed a desire to return to their homes, the most willing – in Lebanon, Turkey and Germany. Syrian authorities established a coordinating headquarters for the return of refugees to their homeland, which was headed by the Minister of Local Government Hussein Mahluyu. The structure closely interacts with the headquarters, which functions in the Russian Defense Management Center.
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Lavrov spoke about the double standards of the US in the issue of restoring Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Moscow with the Foreign Ministry and Emigrants Affairs of the Lebanese Republic, Gibran Bassil. August 20, 2018.
The US says it is involved in the reconstruction of Syria, but their actions concern only the territories under the control of the opposition that cooperates with Washington, and not always its constructive part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
According to the minister, the United States is creating artificial obstacles to the return of refugees to Syria.
He recalled that the State Department, following a meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, said it was premature to talk about rebuilding Syria before making progress in the political settlement.
“Such conditions, preliminary demands of the US are put forward exclusively for the areas controlled by the government of the RA, which were released from the terrorists ISIS and” Nusry “(terrorist organizations). Areas that are controlled by cooperating with the US and receiving from them support of the opposition forces, primarily on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, then there are no such claims. On the contrary, the restoration processes are in full swing, and the US is attracting a number of its allies to pay for these works, “Lavrov said at a joint press conference with Lebanese counterpart Gibran Basile.
According to him, recently US senators and special representatives of the State Department “openly advertised” efforts to clear and repair roads, schools, hospitals, residential and commercial facilities on the eastern bank of the Euphrates.
Thus, the US participates in the restoration of Syria only in territories under the control of the opposition. “And not always constructive opposition,” Lavrov said.
The minister recalled that the United States in the at-Tanf area created a “one-sided” security zone in the Rookban refugee camp, where UN representatives are not allowed to deliver humanitarian aid. At the same time, militants, including “Djebhat an-Nusra”, commit raids on the areas liberated by Damascus to prevent refugees from returning. “Make your own conclusions. We are constantly drawing the attention of the Security Council to this problem … but considering absolutely destructive position of the United States, it is difficult to expect that the Security Council will take some positive decisions on this issue at this stage, “the minister said.