Qatar participated in the ministerial meeting on the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes in Syria, on pursuing comprehensive justice in the country. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Qatar was represented at the meeting by HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi. During his speech at the meeting, HE al-Muraikhi said that this year is the 10th anniversary for the Syrian revolution.
He said that the event has unfortunately led to disastrous results since then, with devastating loss of life and displacement of millions of Syrians, in addition to threats to regional and international peace and security.
He added that it is clear this crisis will not be resolved through violence, but only through a political crisis with leadership by the United Nations in a way that achieves the rights of the Syrian people.
HE al-Muraikhi added that Qatar keeps calling for a peaceful resolution to the crisis that leads to a political transition in line with the Geneva statement and UN Security Council resolution, including resolution No 2254.
He said that in addition to being one of the leading countries in providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, Qatar has also committed itself to the legal and moral responsibility to address war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria, based on the country’s belief that ensuring accountability and addressing impunity is not only a moral obligation, but also a condition for reconciliation, sustainable peace and the prevention of the recurrence of crimes.
He said that the atrocities committed in Syria are some of the most documented of any conflict, and include the worst use of chemical weapons, killings, disappearances and arbitrary detention on a large scale and other patterns of violations and abuses. He stressed that all these violations necessitates the continuation of work with the mechanism with support from the international community, which includes providing the necessary financing to ensure its independence and credibility.
HE al-Muraikhi said that Qatar offered a financial contribution worth $1mn. Qatar will continue to support the mechanism, reiterating Qatar’s condemnation of the violence against civilians and severe violations of international law and international humanitarian law regardless of who commits them, he added.