India ready to play ‘constructive role’ in UNSC to end Syrian conflict

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Hoping that conflict in Syria will end completely, sooner than later, India on Wednesday said that it is ready to play a “constructive and meaningful” role in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) towards achieving that objective.

During a UNSC briefing on Syria, TS Tirumurti, Indian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said it is “disheartening” to note that the ongoing crisis in Syria still has no end in sight and called on the international community to provide assistance to Syria for rebuilding its infrastructure.

New Delhi asserted that terrorism emanating from Syria has spread far even reaching parts of Africa and the humanitarian situation has worsened in the country.

“As we begin our new Council term eight years later, it is indeed disheartening to note that the ongoing crisis in Syria still has no end in sight and the political process is yet to take off. The conflict has become even more complex with the involvement of regional players,” Tirumurti said.

“Terrorism emanating from Syria has spread far, even reaching parts of Africa. Foreign fighters involved in the Syrian conflict have also moved to other places as mercenaries. The humanitarian situation has worsened, further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

Tirumurti said the fact that the conflict has been so long-drawn and intractable, points to the inevitability of a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political process, preserving the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.

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