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Joint Nordic statement in the interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Last updated: 27.06.2012 // Joint Nordic statement in the interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

Madam President,

I have the honour of delivering this statement on behalf of Denmark Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The situation in Syria is rapidly deteriorating. We strongly regret the continued loss of life of thousands of civilians, among those hundreds of innocent children. We have read with great concern the report  of the Commission of Inquiry in front of us today. We condemn in the strongest terms the continued widespread human rights violations, in particular targeted killings of innocent children.

We deeply deplore and cannot accept that children have become victims of killings and maiming, and have been used as human shields, nor that children have been subjected to arbitrary detention, torture and other forms of ill-treatment, including sexual violence.  

The Nordic countries urge the Government of Syria to immediately end the violence and the attacks on civilians. The Syrian regime should be in no doubt of the obligations and responsibilities it has under international law. The Syrian government has time and again manifestly failed in its responsibility to protect its population.

We condemn the indiscriminate use of force against the civilian population, the massacres and systematic and gross human rights violations carried out by the Syrian authorities. This must stop immediately and those responsible for these grave violations must be held accountable.

It is imperative that the international community redoubles its efforts to find a broad and inclusive approach for a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis.

The Nordic countries also remain deeply concerned about the increasingly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria and urge the Syrian authorities to immediately grant unimpeded access for humanitarian organizations throughout the country, and to fully implement the agreed humanitarian response plan.

To conclude, the Nordic countries wish to strongly compel the Syrian government to cooperate with the Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Mr Kofi Annan, the United Nations Supervision Mission and with the Commission of Inquiry, mandated by this Council. We call upon all parties to fully respect and implement the Six-point plan.

We also call upon the Syrian authorities to fully cooperate with the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council and with the OHCHR.

Thank you Madam President.

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