Vienna, SANA – Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Vienna Bassam al-Sabbagh has said that the unilateral coercive measures imposed on Syria violate Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council.
Al-Sabaagh speech came during the opening of activities of the International Seminar on “Unilateral Coercive Measures Impacts” in Vienna on Friday.
The Seminar was organized jointly by the Permanent Missions of Cuba, Iran and Venezuela.
” Since the 1980s, Syria has suffered from various unilateral measures imposed by the United States and this suffering has been multiplied due to the coercive measures imposed by the European Union, the United States and other countries since 2011,” Al-Sabaagh said.
He added that these measures have harmed the Syrian economy and negatively impacted the livelihood of the Syrian people, which led tens of thousands of Syrians to leave their country.
The Diplomat gave an idea about the basic sectors which have been damaged by these measures, affirming that this reflected on the basic human needs of the Syrian people, mainly food, medicine, medical equipment and energy products
He also explained the effects of unilateral coercive measures on the education, transport, agriculture and basic services sectors, pointing out that the Syrian government, with the aim of finding development alternatives, adopted the strategy of “promoting South-South cooperation” and bolstering its commercials and economic relations with its partners in Iran, China and other friendly countries
Ambassador al-Sabbagh concluded by stressing that the unilateral coercive measures caused great suffering to citizens, stressing the need to immediately lift these inhumane measures, since they impede the reconstruction process .