March 12, 2012
STATEMENT BY THE INDONESIAN DELEGATION AT THE INDIVIDUAL INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON SYRIA THE 19TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
My delegation thanks the Commission for its updated report. Despite continued denial of access to the country, the Commission managed to come up with a more comprehensive report. We take note of the engagement of the Syrian authority to provide the Commission with relevant information.
The prolonged tension has unfortunately carried the risks of more human rights violations, deepening inter-communal tensions and eroding the fabric of Syrian society.
In this situation, the vast majority of Syrian population has been affected immensely, including their socio-economic condition. Prices for basic food items had increased by up to 37 per cent, hurting the poor in particular.
Equally alarming is the deepening polarization particularly between armed groups and government security apparatus which causes more violations with more civil casualties.
Amid this complex circumstances, we welcome the visit to Syria by Ms. Valerie Amos, UN Humanitarian Chief which will enable further humanitarian access to those in need in the country.
The first step toward lasting solution in Syria is indeed to stop the continued acts of violence by all parties. We are also hearthened by the current efforts by the joint Arab League-United Nations envoy, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in calling on both the opposition and government forces to halt fighting and push for political dialogue.
Given this promising trend, the international community should play its critical role as part of the solutions, by providing an enabling environment to encourage all parties to fully commit in finding peaceful, democratic and sustainable solutions in Syria.
Indonesia stands ready to contribute to this end.
I thank you, Madam President.
Geneva, 12 March 2012