U.S. Department of State
We commend United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and his team for their efforts in the latest round of Syria talks in Geneva.
We also note the constructive participation of the Syrian opposition delegation, which stands in contrast to the obstructionism and procrastination of the Syrian regime delegation.
We support de Mistura’s call for the regime’s supporters to use their leverage to urge the regime to participate fully in tangible negotiations with the opposition in Geneva. The United States urges all parties to work seriously toward a political resolution to this conflict or face continued isolation and instability indefinitely in Syria.
All parties interested in resolving the conflict must commit to Geneva as the only venue for the Syrian political process and work to ensure all Syrian participants are ready to engage constructively and substantively on implementing UNSCR 2254 as the blueprint for a political resolution.
The Syrian people deserve an end to this conflict.
UK reassures Bangladesh of its support on the Rohingya
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
On 5 December, Lord Ahmad attended a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. The session was called by Bangladesh with support from the UK and other HRC members to address the situation in Burma and the plight of the Rohingya.
The overwhelming support of UN Member States for the Session demonstrated the importance the international community continues to place on this issue.
Speaking after his address to the Council Lord Ahmad said:
I was pleased to attend the Special Session of the HRC and to reiterate the UK’s commitment to working with international partners to resolve the desperate situation in Rakhine. Protecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals belonging to minority groups in Burma, including the Rohingya, remains a key priority for my Government.
The Session, together with the overwhelming support for the OIC-led resolution in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee in New York last month –reflects growing international outrage at these despicable atrocities.
I was grateful for the opportunity, along with UN Special Representative of the Secretary General, to draw particular attention to the harrowing reports of rape and sexual abuse from refugees.
The UK will continue to extend its support to the survivors of sexual violence through the investigation and documentation of these abhorrent crimes.
The UK was pleased to vote in support of and co-sponsor the resulting resolution.