Arab League backs Gulf call for an urgent UN General Assembly meeting on Syria

Arab League Council holds a meeting at the level of foreign ministers in Riyadh in this Nov. 9, 2015 file photo. (SPA)
Updated 17 December 2016

Arab League backs Gulf call for an urgent UN General Assembly meeting on Syria

CAIRO: The Arab League has reaffirmed its support for the efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to make the UN General Assembly convene an emergency meeting and use the “Uniting for Peace” resolution to stop the heinous crimes perpetrated by the Syrian government against its own people.
During an emergency meeting, the permanent representatives of Arab countries at the Arab League called on all regional and international parties to move quickly to stop the attacks against Syrians and deliver humanitarian aid to residents of Aleppo and all other besieged areas, describing the practices of the Syrian regime and its allies as war crimes and asking that those who committed them be brought to justice.
The ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Egypt and the Kingdom’s representative at the Arab League, Ahmad Abdulaziz Qattan, reaffirmed the Kingdom’s position to maintain Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
The Kingdom also strives to reach a peaceful settlement to the crisis in Syria, based on UN Security Council Resolution 2253.
“The Syrian revolution will continue for as long as the government of the murderer Bashar Assad is not committed to implementing UN Security Council Resolution 3354 and the Geneva recommendations,” he said.
Qattan said that the Kingdom offers its full support to the Syrian people until they achieve their aspirations.
He also said that Saudi Arabia called for an emergency session of the UN General Assembly, because the UN Security Council has failed to stop military operations and the war of annihilation waged by the Syrian regime and its allies against innocent civilians.
“We meet today, having witnessed with our own eyes the destruction caused by the Syrian regime and its allies, not only in Aleppo but in all Syrian cities, for more than five years. The Syrian regime and its allies were not satisfied with destroying cities, they had to kill the Syrian people and commit massacres and war crimes on an unprecedented scale,” he said.
He said that what is happening in Aleppo can only be described as a massacre under the very eyes of the world that is watching and doing nothing except issuing condemnations and leaving the tyrant to continue killing the Syrian people who long for death to avoid the slow death under the rubble and bombings of the regime and its allies.
Qattan said: “The Kingdom is really worried about the deteriorating situation in Aleppo and condemns all crimes and practices of the Syrian regime and its allies against innocent civilians. These practices and crimes are a gross violation of Geneva Conventions and international humanitarian laws. Those who commit these acts should be brought to justice.”
During its meeting held under the presidency of Tunisia, the Arab League condemned the practices of the Syrian regime and its military operations against Aleppo’s citizens, and the tragedies and destructions wreaked on the city.
The Arab League called on the international community to take the necessary measures to bring all those who participated in the aggression against innocent civilians in Aleppo and other Syrian cities to international justice.
It also called on the international community to pressure the Syrian regime to open safe passages for civilians besieged in Aleppo.
The Arab League renewed its call for the UN Security Council to discharge its responsibility of keeping peace and maintaining security, to implement resolutions 2254, of 2015, and 2268, of 2016, which call for an immediate cease-fire in all parts of Syria, and take all necessary measures to achieve this as quickly as possible.
The league called on member countries to exert more efforts, particularly the countries involved one way or another in the Syrian crisis, to exert pressure on the regime to stop the military attack on Aleppo.
The UN Security Council should make a clear decision to force the regime stop military operations against the Syrian people and resume the diplomatic process to find a comprehensive and permanent solution to the crisis in Syria.
The Arab League called on member countries and the international community to offer immediate aid to the Syrian people and separate humanitarian work from politics, not use it for political bargaining or to set preconditions in order to gain political and military milage.
It also stated that the ministerial Arab committee on Syria should join forces with relevant regional and international parties to make the aggression against the bleeding of the Syrian people stop, and to present a report with investigations into the situation in Syria to the Arab League Council.
The Arab League renewed its commitment to fighting terrorism in all its forms in Arab countries, condemned the crimes of terrorist organizations like Daesh and Jabhat Al-Nusra against Syrian civilians.
The league also renewed its support for the Syrian people and reaffirmed their right to live in peace and stability, enjoying political rights, freedom, justice and equality.


Sunsilk’s Color Run returns to Riyadh

‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ is set to turn Riyadh colorful on Oct. 26. (Photos/Supplied)
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Sunsilk’s Color Run returns to Riyadh

  • The General Entertainment Authority is bringing The Color Run back to the Kingdom following the success of the Alkhobar event

RIYADH: The Color Run presented by Sunsilk is returning to Saudi Arabia! The countdown to “The Happiest 5k on the Planet” is on, with The Color Run bursting onto the streets of Riyadh on Oct. 26.
The event is part of the GEA’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia. The Color Run — now the largest running series in the world — will be making its vibrant return to the Kingdom’s two biggest cities, with over 15,000 expected to participate in each location.
The Riyadh event follows the Kingdom’s extremely popular inaugural Color Run, which took place in Alkhobar in March and saw over 10,000 people run, jog, walk and skip their way along the 5 km course.
To date, The Color Run has been hosted in more than 40 countries with over 7 million runners participating in the event. It is untimed and sees thousands of participants covered from head to toe in an array of different colors throughout the course before collecting their medals at the finish line. The only rule is that those taking part must cross the finish line covered in color and have fun while doing it!
The non-competitive run is not only an opportunity to create perfect memories — and Instagram posts — but also serves as a celebration of health, happiness and individuality. The GEA, a core pillar under the Saudi government, is supporting the event as part of its continued efforts to enrich the lifestyle of residents as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans and in line with the nation’s Quality of Life Program 2020.
The first of the upcoming events will be hosted as part of Riyadh Season, considered to be the biggest entertainment event in the capital city, with activities catering to sports, music, theater, fashion and much more.

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Tickets available at ksa.thecolorrun.com, children go free!

Ahmed Al-Mehmadi, executive director of communications at the GEA said: “We are thrilled to be bringing The Color Run presented by Sunsilk to Riyadh. We witnessed an incredible turnout in Alkhobar and we have every confidence this event will attract even more people who want to engage in a healthy activity that combines fun and exercise. Its vibrancy matches the aims of the GEA and the Quality of Life Program 2020 objectives to support and create new options that boost participation across cultural, entertainment and sports activities.”
Kristen Biegler, spokesperson for The Color Run said: “Since its inception in 2012, The Color Run has had become a global phenomenon, and we are very excited to be returning to Saudi Arabia. The response in Alkhobar was truly amazing and we are extremely excited to bring ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ to Riyadh. Our top rule is that everyone has fun — it is up to you whether you run, jog, walk or even skip your way to the finish line.”
Once the 5 km is over, the fun will continue at the Finish Festival, a larger-than-life celebration equipped with music, dance-offs, fun and games and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations!