Remarks by DPR Albana Dautllari at the GA Debate on the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria 65th Plenary Meeting

Mr President,

Distinguished delegates,

In the last eleven years, the Assad regime has disfigured Syria. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed, forcefully disappeared, and detained.

The regime has wiped out the spontaneous, civic and hopeful spirit of the revolution that started eleven years ago. Today, Syria is hell on earth.

We, the international community, have let it happen. We have not found the unity and resolve within the UN to stop atrocities and the banality of evil that has taken root in Syria.

Holding the perpetrators of these crimes to account is vital not only to bring justice to the victims and survivors, but also to help prevent such atrocities from being committed again in Syria and elsewhere.

That is why we greatly value and strongly support the IIIM to advance the cause of justice in Syria by assisting actors of good will to investigate those crimes.

We value the commendable work delivered by IIIM and the responsive methodology they adopt in pursuit of justice.

Its inclusive, rights-based, victim/survivor oriented, structural and intersectional approach put IIIM in a strong position to address manifold and interlocking obstacles to bring justice to those who need it most, especially women, children, minorities and marginalized groups.

The engagement in continuous dialogue with victims/survivors and the deepening and widening of structured cooperation with Civil Society, especially Syrian Civil Society actors, and a growing number of states of good will is commendable.

We are encouraged by the progress made by IIIM in recent months, especially in integrating a child and youth-sensitive approach into its investigative and analytical work as well as the work done in clarifying the fate of missing persons—a tragedy without end for nearly every Syrian family.

The work of the IIIM deserves the support of all people of good will. We must do everything in our power to mobilize the international community to put pressure on the Assad regime to cooperate with the Mechanism, and strengthen cooperation and coordination with the UN organs, member states and civil society organizations to galvanize our collective strength in the service of justice.

Albania will continue to use its voice in the Security Council to advance accountability for the atrocities committed in Syria, including by referring the case to the ICC.

There is no peace without justice in Syria or anywhere else and fighting impunity is small but necessary step for justice to prevail, in Syria and elsewhere.

And that includes the ongoing crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine, which are of concern to the entire international community. Last week Albania together with other UN members states launched the GOF on Accountability in Ukraine, for this reason.

We must make impunity history!

Thank you

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