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05.09.2019 (10:10)

Russian and Syrian joint coordination headquarters make another statement on problems hindering the restoration of peaceful life in Syria

JOINT STATEMENT

by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic on problems impeding the implementation of the initiative of refugees returning and restoration of peaceful life in Syria

(September 5, 2019)

Due to effective interaction of interagency coordination headquarters of Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic with the active participation the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, decent conditions have been created for the returning of refugees and internally displaced persons to their native homes.

To date, in strict accordance with the principles of voluntariness and security, 1,919,475 Syrian citizens have returned to the country, of which 1,303,893 internally displaced persons and 615,582 refugees from the territories of foreign states.

The flow of Syrians arriving in their native places continues to increase. Over the past month alone, 48,304 Syrians have returned to their places of chosen residence, including 320 people from various regions within the country and 47,984 from abroad.

We believe that the return of refugees from countries bordering to Syria can go much faster, but for this, it is necessary to redirect funding from international organizations to help citizens to adapt in their native places, and not to create conditions for the assimilation of Syrians in countries of temporary residence. The Government of Lebanon in particular has repeatedly requested this.

Leaders of the Syrian Arab Republic has been steadily following the path of providing state guarantees for citizens, focusing on the revival of the social environment.

The country is becoming more economically attractive, business activity is growing. Housing is being built up, new jobs are being created, more and more educational institutions are opening their doors, cultural and historical heritage monuments are being restored, and tourism is being revived.

The most important event on the path to the establishment of the economic growth of the republic was the holding of the 61st International Damask Trade and Industrial Exhibition.

The business forum is attended by 38 countries of the world, despite the threat of economic sanctions from the United States and its allies. It seems that the American leadership does not want the Syrians to return to normal peaceful life.

The issues of the disbandment of refugee camps in the US-occupied territories of Syria are still not resolved.

A critical situation persists in al-Hol camp in Hasakah province. Despite reports of a decrease in its population, it is still crowded, and the risk of a humanitarian catastrophe remains.

According to the World Health Organization, the al-Hol refugee camp currently contains 68,697.

In addition, the sanitary and epidemiological situation in the camp reached a supercritical level. Weekly, more than 500 people become carriers of the gastro-intestinal infections, and the recorded numerous cases of deaths from disease and malnutrition.

The majority of al-Hol camp’s residents are women and children from the families of members the terrorist groups, including ISIS. The younger generation, located in US-controlled camps, is deprived of the opportunity to study in schools, but from an early age learns the ideas of extremism. Children from such camps are actively recruited by terrorist organizations.

We urge the United States to take concrete steps to speed up the disbandment of this hotbed of unsanitary conditions and infectious diseases. Comprehensive measures must be taken to prevent the further radicalization of the residents of the US-controlled al-Hol camp, among which a large part are members of ISIS terrorists families.

The American side must abandon the destructive position that impedes the return of Syrian citizens to their homes and the restoration of peaceful life in Syria.

The necessary conditions for the long-suffering people of Syria to return to peaceful life are the final victory over terrorism, the disbandment of refugee camps, as well as the complete liberation of the US-occupied Syrian territories with their transfer to the control of the legitimate government.

Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.

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