‘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

‘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.”

Diplomatic Quarter: Envoys extend Eid greetings to Saudis

Updated 28 May 2020

Diplomatic Quarter: Envoys extend Eid greetings to Saudis

RIYADH: Foreign ambassadors to Saudi Arabia have been passing on their Eid Al-Fitr greetings to the government and people of the Kingdom.

The US Mission in the Kingdom, tweeted: “The US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid on behalf of all Americans living and working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia greeted saying, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Eid Mubarak to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and all our Saudi friends and colleagues as you celebrate this special holiday.

“May your Eid be joyous, even in this challenging time as we work together to fight (the) coronavirus (disease) COVID-19.”

In a tweet, the Australian ambassador in Riyadh, Ridwaan Jadwat, said: “Wishing everyone celebrating the end of Ramadan a joyous Eid Al-Fitr on behalf of my family and our embassy team: #EidMubarak!”

Posting a video message to the Saudi people, he added: “May I say on behalf of my family and the team here at the Australian Embassy in Riyadh, I hope that you have a safe, happy and blessed Eid Al-Fitr.”

Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, said: “May you all be blessed with #Peace, #Joy and #Love on #EidUlFitr and always! #EidMubarak to you and your families.”

Eid Al-Fitr celebrations this year have been curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The holy month of Ramadan and the festival of Eid in 2020 will be remembered as a time when traditions had to be broken to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

In a message addressing Saudis, the Pakistani community in the Kingdom, and Muslims around the world, Pakistan’s consul general in Jeddah, Khalid Majid, said: “This year, we are celebrating Eid in a very simple and somber manner. Undoubtedly, the world is passing through one of the most difficult times due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, which has badly affected our socio-economic life.”

He added that many people had already lost their lives to the disease while large numbers were still battling with it.

“Besides, the death of around 100 of our Pakistani brethren in a recent PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) plane crash at Karachi has also left us sad and gloomy. My sincere prayers are with all those who lost their lives and also with their bereaved families. At the same time, I also sincerely pray for the good health and speedy recovery of all the COVID-19 patients.

“My deep appreciation and prayers for continued success also goes to all our frontline soldiers including doctors, paramedics, law enforcement agencies and all other involved departments, who are fighting against this deadly virus, at the risk of their own lives.

“I take this opportunity to convey my deepest gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for taking very effective measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. Provision of best health facilities and efficient other services across the Kingdom are instrumental in effectively tackling the situation. It is evident from these steps that the recovery rate in the Kingdom is one of the highest in the world,” Majid said.

“I advise all Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia to continue abiding by all local health and safety instructions, including those relating to social distancing, so that we can all be safe and play our part in strengthening the efforts of the Saudi government in defeating this pandemic.”