I shall now make a statement in my capacity as representative of Albania.
I thank Special Envoy Pedersen for his briefing and his relentless efforts to put an end to the conflict in Syria, to bring lasting peace to this country ravaged by war, marred by misery and with no prospects towards peace in sight.
We heard the pain and anger in the voice of Mr. Alshogre, in his own words as well as in the testimonies from individuals, from everywhere in Syria. Those who are trapped into a nightmare with no end in sight, those who feel lost because they are lost; those who feel powerless because they are powerless; those who look for help because they need help, all the help they can get, after 11 long years that have inflicted an almost unimaginable degree of devastation and loss on the Syrian people. We saw in his words, some of them not usually used in this Chamber, the true sore colors of a country in distress and of a population in anguish.
As such dramatic situation lives little or no room for hope, it is only befitting that the horrific humanitarian situation is a central preoccupation of this Council.
Therefore, the renewal of the cross-border mandate next month is of paramount importance to preserve the lifeline for millions of Syrians. Just as the SG recently told this chamber and echoed by the SRSG.
The most recent “amnesty” should not allow the regime to use its people as hostages, seeking to bypass resolution 2254, in an effort to buying international acceptance and extract concession from the international community, while maintaining the status quo.
It doesn’t bear the hallmark of transparent action to build trust.
We still do not know who has been released and where, how many more innocent Syrians are held in captivity and we do not know how many have been killed.
What we know about instead is the anguish of thousands of Syrian families that have been searching for their loved ones for over a decade, in vain.
The Constitutional Committee is the most tangible progress of the political transition in Syria. Yet, it has met 8 times without being able produce any results.
Despite commendable efforts by SRSG Pedersen, the Constitutional process continues to be a disappointment. It must not become a mockery of the Syrian aspirations. No one should be allowed to undermine all efforts to move the political transition forward.
We know that genuine political transition is essential, as enshrined in the spirit and the letter of Security Council resolution 2254, if there is to be any hope of avoiding further catastrophe in Syria.
We call on all involved to how good will and genuine commitment including a clear timeline with clear deliverables if we are to put any faith in this process. We support the equal, full and meaningful participation, of women in the process. Otherwise, we risk further betraying the trust of Syrian people.
In concluding, I want to emphasize that Albania sees no alternative to full accountability for crimes committed by all parties involved, if Syria is to ever recover from the abyss and return to being the prosperous, peaceful country it once was.
No sustainable future can be built on impunity. No lasting pace can have crimes as its foundations.
We should not support the politics of erasure in Syria.
Transitional justice must therefore be at the heart of efforts to move towards genuine political transition that leads to a free and democratic Syria.
A Syria for all, not for just a few.