‘No peace without justice’ for victims of Syrian war, says Saudi envoy

Dr. Khaled Manzlawiy, deputy permanent representative of the permanent mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN, speaks in New York. (SPA)
Updated 25 April 2019
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‘No peace without justice’ for victims of Syrian war, says Saudi envoy

  • Saudi delegation at UN backs international community to protect human rights

NEW YORK: A top Saudi representative to the UN warned on Tuesday that there would be “no peace without justice” in the long-running Syrian conflict.

Dr. Khaled Manzlawiy, deputy permanent representative of the permanent mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN in New York, took part in talks on ways to protect the human rights of Syrian victims of the country’s war.

He was part of a permanent delegation to the UN representing the Kingdom at a meeting of the organization’s General Assembly on the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) in Syria, held at UN headquarters in New York.

The IIIM aims to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the most serious crimes under international law committed in Syria since March 2011.

Manzlawiy said the meeting’s discussions aimed to establish justice for the oppressed and he praised the role of IIIM head, former French judge Catherine Marchi-Uhel, in collecting information and evidence about human rights violations by the Syrian authorities.

“The road to reconciliation is not easy, but there is no peace without justice and no sustainable peace in Syria without accountability,” Manzlawiy said.

The Saudi official noted that the IIIM had been set up as a result of the UN Security Council’s inability to lay the foundations for international peace and justice, and the failure of previous decisions on human rights in Syria regarding the protection of displaced people and the preservation of life.

However, Manzlawiy stressed that Saudi Arabia believed in the ability of the international community and its institutions to protect and guarantee human rights in all parts of the world where they were threatened by terrorism, intolerance, or political arrogance.

“The road to justice is long and hard and must be paved by sound and fair steps,” he added. “Justice can only be established through transparency and holding accountable those who murdered the Syrian people.”


Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir: ‘We don’t want war but we will defend ourselves’

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Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir: ‘We don’t want war but we will defend ourselves’

  • Al-Jubeir's statement comes following last week's attacks on Saudi oil tankers in the Arabian Gul and installations within the Kingdom
  • He accused Iran of committing "countless crimes" including seeking to destabilize the region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is doing its best to avoid war in the region but stands ready to respond with "all strength and determination" to defend itself from any threat, the Kingdom's top diplomat said on Sunday.

In a news conference, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir accused Iran of committing "countless crimes" including seeking to destabilize the region. He urged the international community to take responsibility to stop the Islamic republic from doing so.

"Our security and religion are a red line," Al-Jubeir said. His statement comes following last week's attacks on Saudi oil tankers in the Arabian Gulf and installations within the Kingdom.

Iran’s foreign minister was quoted by the state-run IRNA news agency on Saturday as saying his country is “not seeking war” even as the chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Tehran was in a “full-fledged intelligence war with the US.“

The US has ordered bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Arabian Gulf over an unexplained threat they perceive from Iran, raising tensions a year after Trump pulled America out of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

Al-Jubeir said Iranian regime can spare the region the dangers of war by adhering to international laws and covenants, by stopping its interference in the internal affairs of other countries of the region, by stopping its support for terrorist groups and militias, and immediately halting its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

"Saudi Arabia stresses that its hand is always extended to peace and seeks to achieve it, and believes that the peoples of the region, including the Iranian people, have the right to live in security and stability and to move towards development," he said.

"We want peace and stability and we want to focus on the Kingdom's Vision 2030 which will enrich Saudi people’s lives," he added.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have repeatedly accused Iran of bankrolling the activities of its proxy Shiite militias such as the Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen and various groups in Iraq.

Houthi militias had repeatedly launched ballistic missiles and rockets into civilian targets in Saudi Arabia since a Saudi-led Arab Coalition threw its support behind the government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against the Iran-backed power-grabbers. Last week, they owned responsibility for the drone attacks on two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Jubeir also urged Qatar, an estranged member of the GCC to stop supporting extremists and terrorists and return to the fold. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed trade and diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017, charging Doha of siding with terror groups that have been destabilizing the region. 

Instead of making amends with its GCC brothers, Qatar sought help from Turkey and Iran in bid to alleviate the impact of the boycott action of the group known as the anti-terror quarter (ATQ).