11/24/2020

The final statement of the international conference on the return of Syrian refugees

La declaración final de la conferencia internacional sobre el retorno de los refugiados sirios

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (on screen) addresses via video link the opening session of the international conference on the return of refugees held in Damascus on November 11, 2020. - Syria's government kicked off a two-day Russia-backed conference in Damascus towards facilitating the return of millions of Syrian refugees to the war-torn country, despite reservations within the international community. (Photo by LOUAI BESHARA / AFP)

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Assad: return of Syrian refugees deliberately obstructed

The refugee problem in Syria is artificial and supported by Western forces led by the United States, which create problems for Syrians`s back to their homeland, Bashar al-Assad said at the International Conference on Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Syrian president recalled that for many centuries there has been no phenomenon of mass migration in Syria.

“The problem of refugees in Syria is artificial, because … Western regimes led by the United States continue to create conditions for the emergence of the phenomenon of Syrian refugees and problems for their return,” he said.

“Today we have several million refugees who want to return,” said the president.

Assad said the Syrian authorities continue to work on the return of its citizens who “want to participate in the renewal of their homeland.”

“In addition to the pressure, there are great obstacles faced by Syrian refugees abroad to prevent their return, there are also illegal economic sanctions and blockades imposed by the US regime or its allies,” Assad said.

At the conference, the Russian President’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev, read a speech by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who notes that the United States’ refusal to participate in the Damascus conference is “evidence of a double standard” towards Syria. .

Earlier, Vladimir Putin drew attention to the fact that there are more than 6.5 million refugees outside of Syria, and most of them are healthy people who can and should participate in the reconstruction of their country. The Russian president also pointed to another problem: young refugees are vulnerable to the influence of extremists.

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According to Putin, there are now favorable opportunities for the massive return of refugees to Syria, but it is important that the process proceed naturally, without coercion.

There is also good news: to date, more than 850,000 Syrian citizens have returned from abroad to their country, and within Syria, more than 1.3 million people have returned to their former places of residence.

“Many refugees and internally displaced people were driven from their places for fear of terrorism, others fled due to the destruction of infrastructure, they lost their jobs,” Assad explained.

Now Damascus is in contact with a large part of the countries where refugees live. Syria also offers “certain benefits that stimulate the return process.” At the same time, Assad stressed that the international blockade of Syria “does not help to meet the priority needs of Syrian refugees.”

According to him, Damascus hopes that the international conference will help break the economic blockade of Syria and create the necessary conditions for the return of Syrians to their homeland.

The international conference, organized by the Syrian leadership with the participation of Russia, began on November 11 in the Syrian capital. It was attended by representatives of the UN, the Red Cross, as well as diplomats from some 20 countries.

The final statement of the international conference on the return of Syrian refugees: affirming steadfast support for the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria and confronting all attempts to undermine its sovereignty and territorial integrity

  1. * Continue the war on terror until the elimination of all terrorist organizations on the Security Council’s list of terrorist entities
  2. * There is no military solution to the crisis in Syria, and the solution is political, led and implemented by the Syrians themselves
  3. * Rejecting all illegal unilateral sanctions, especially in light of the spread of the Corona epidemic
  4. * Helping to facilitate the safe return of Syrian refugees, and the international community should contribute to this process
  5. * Condemning the illegal seizure of oil resources and transferring its revenues within the framework of the deal between a company licensed by the United States and what it calls itself the Kurdish Autonomous Administration, and that these resources must be the property of the Syrian Arab Republic
  6. * Emphasizing the readiness of the Syrian government not only to return its citizens to the homeland, but also to continue all efforts to provide them with a decent living
  7. * Calling upon the international community and the relevant United Nations agencies to provide the necessary support to the displaced and displaced Syrians, as well as to support Syria and the host countries to ensure their legitimate and inalienable right to return
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