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Statement by the Permanent Representative, Ambassador Bassam Sabbagh, in response to the statement made by the Permanent Representative of the United States of America, Ambassador Linda Greenfield on March 15, 2022

Monday, 21 March 2022

    For 11 years now, the United States of America has been persisting in its hostile approach and subversive policies towards the Syrian Arab Republic, through its use of all tools of war against it, starting from campaigns of incitement, misinformation and deception, to investing in terrorist organizations and separatist militias, to direct occupation and the imposition of unilateral coercive measures.

    The statement issued by the Permanent Representative of the United States on March 15 is nothing but a repetition of what officials of successive US administrations have been doing during the past eleven years. The common denominator is a disconnection from reality, a wrong description of events, and a presentation of fabricated information aiming at misleading the public opinion.

     The Permanent Representative of the United States’ expression of concern over the humanitarian situation in Syria contradicts her country’s imposition of unilateral coercive and illegal measures on the Syrian people that have had catastrophic impacts on all aspects of their lives, and runs counter to its obstruction of implementing aspects of Security Council Resolution 2585 regarding support to projects of early recovery that are essential to strengthening the resilience of Syrians, and for allowing the return of the displaced.

    It is hypocritical of her to express concern about the plight of the Syrians, while her country is supporting at the same time a terrorist separatist militia that is causing great distress to the population of northeastern Syria, in addition to its involvement in the looting of Syrian national wealth, not to mention its clear violation of the sovereignty of Syrian territories, relevant Security Council resolutions and the Charter of the United Nations through direct occupation by its military forces, and its officials’ surreptitious infiltration into Syrian territory to coordinate its subversive policies.

    As for the claim that the United States keen to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria, it is nothing but a hollow statement aimed at diverting the attention of the Syrians, prolonging their crisis, and obstructing any real solution. The American perspective on the solution does not respect the will of the Syrian people and their national choices, but rather imposes political and military frameworks that serve its interests and meet its agendas.

    Ambassador Greenfield’s reference to the need to put an end to atrocities that amount to war crimes requires refreshing her memory about the atrocities committed by the illegal International Coalition, which destroyed the entire city of Raqqa and other areas, the latest of which was the US fighter jets destroying a part of the Euphrates University, an educational institute, a bakery and a gas station in the city of al-Hasakah earlier this year, under the false pretext of pursuing the remnants of the terrorist organization Da’esh. Most importantly, the killing of more than seventy Syrian citizens in a village by US forces, as officially admitted by the US military, seems to have evaded the memory of Ambassador Greenfield and her country's Department of State.

    The Syrian people, who withstood the huge multi-faceted, multi-tooled war machine, heroically defeated the terrorist organizations, and valiantly defended the sovereignty and territorial integrity of their country, will not allow anyone to impose any conditions or dictates on them. They are also determined to hold accountable politically, morally, and criminally all those who took part in the shedding of Syrian blood, the destruction of their achievements, and the looting of their wealth.