US, Arab League and several countries renew support for Syria's unity, territorial integrity

MENA , Friday 3 Dec 2021

The United States along with representatives of the Arab League, the European Union, and 10 other countries on Thursday renewed their support for the unity and territorial integrity of Syria at an envoys-level meeting in Brussels to discuss the Syria crisis.

 Geir Pedersen
United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen. UN Official Website

In a joint statement, the US State Department said representatives of the Arab League, Egypt, the European Union, France, Germany, Iraq, Jordan, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States met December 2 at the envoys-level in Brussels to discuss the crisis in Syria.

They reaffirmed their support for the unity and territorial integrity of Syria and to the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as well as for the implementation of all aspects of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, including an immediate nationwide ceasefire, the release of the arbitrarily detained, and the unimpeded and safe delivery of aid, according to the statement.

"We welcomed UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen’s briefing and pledged to redouble our support  for his continued efforts, including in the Constitutional Committee, to engage all parties and advance progress towards a political resolution to the crisis in accordance with UNSCR 2254.  We will also firmly press for accountability for the most serious crimes," read the statement.

"We expressed deep concern regarding the continued suffering of the Syrian people as a result of over 10 years of violence and the dire humanitarian situation on the ground.  We emphasized that access to life-saving humanitarian assistance must be provided through all modalities including cross-border and cross-line as well as early recovery projects consistent with UNSCR 2585, across the whole of Syria," it added.

"We stressed the importance of continuing the UN cross-border mechanism that reaches over three million Syrians each month and to which there is no alternative, as well as the need to maintain  support to Syrian refugees and to the generous host countries until Syrians can voluntarily return home with safety and dignity in line with UNHCR standards," it concluded.

Short link: