28 May 2015
In advance of Under-Secretary-General Amos’s final briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, the Syrian National Coalition’s Special Representative to the UN, Dr. Najib Ghadbian, issued the following statement:
"On behalf of the Syrian people, we thank Baroness Valerie Amos for her efforts as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and express our gratitude for the life-saving assistance OCHA has provided and continues to provide. What is needed now is a safe zone to protect Syrian civilians from aerial bombardment and allow more effective delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in need. Ms. Amos's briefing to the Security Council today is a significant opportunity for the Council to take such a stance in honor of the work of Ms. Amos and the brave staff of OCHA in support of the Syrian people. Throughout the course of the Syrian crisis, the Under-Secretary-General has repeatedly called on the Security Council to take the actions needed to alleviate suffering and provide protection for the Syrian people. Today, we call on the Council to authorize the establishment of safe zones inside Syria.
“Over the past four years, aerial bombardments, including barrel bombs, have emerged as the leading killer of Syrian civilians. The Security Council has both the legal responsibility and the political capacity to stop such killing by authorizing safe zones. Safe zones or a no-fly zone would save lives and alleviate suffering. They would also deter the further use of chlorine gas by Syrian regime forces. Ms. Amos is keenly aware of this fact, and has stated as much in her strong op-ed in the Washington Post. Today, we urge her to demonstrate similar courage by using her last days in office to stand with the Syrian people and join our calls for protection and the need for a no-fly zone.”