Assad supports 'impartial' Red Cross

2012-09-04 14:05

Damascus - Red Cross chief Peter Maurer held a 45 minute meeting with President Bashar Assad in Damascus on Tuesday during which he expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in Syria, an official said.

Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, during the meeting urged respect for international humanitarian law and the need to boost assistance on the ground in Syria, ICRC spokesperson Hisham Hassan said in a statement.

State television said that Assad told Maurer that he supports the work of the ICRC in Syria so long as it remains "impartial and independent".

"President Assad assured the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross that he welcomed the humanitarian operations carried out by the committee on the ground in Syria, as long as it remains impartial and independent," the report said.

Maurer arrived on Monday evening in Damascus for his first visit to the war-torn country since taking over the post on 1 July. Besides Assad, he has also met with Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad and was scheduled to hold talks with other Syrian officials.

ICRC spokesperson in Damascus, Rabab Rifai said earlier on Tuesday that Maurer's mission would "focus on increased humanitarian needs and to remind the belligerents of their obligation under international law related to the protection of civilians".

Building on achievements

Maurer, who is in Syria until Thursday, will not meet representatives of the opposition "at least under the framework of this visit", she said, adding however that he could make a "field trip".

In a statement issued on Monday in Geneva, Maurer said: "At a time when more and more civilians are being exposed to extreme violence, it is of the utmost importance that we and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent succeed in significantly scaling up our humanitarian response."

"It is vital that we build on what has already been achieved on the ground," he added.

His talks with Syrian officials will also deal with the difficulties the ICRC and the Red Crescent face as they try to reach people affected by the armed conflict, the ICRC said.

Maurer said he planned to bring up points agreed with the Syrian regime in April, including "expanded access to persons detained in Syria and the imperative necessity of helping civilians affected by hostilities".

Despite the difficult working conditions, the ICRC said it and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent had provided nearly 180 000 people with food in the hardest-hit parts of the country since mid-July.

Since the beginning of the year, the two organisations have provided relief items to more than 800 000 people and have helped more than one million people access clean water, it added.

  • alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-04 15:23

    Bashar al assad has lost his legitimacy as a leader and should be brought into international criminal court, for his massacring 50000 innocent civilians.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-04 15:40

      Alex, You are right, but I doubt the Syrian people will allow him to leave THEIR country, even if it was to The Hague !! assad Sr was a scumbag, but but this Jr, is a true monster. This dog is responsible for the death of more than 20 000 Syrians, and on whose instructions he bombed THEIR country to rubles!!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-04 15:51

      Alex, stop making things up, people are going to laugh at you! Yesterday you said Israel has over 100 000 (+- 200 war heads) nuclear warheads, and today Assad has massacred 50 000 "innocent" civilians. Seriously, why don't you make the propaganda a bit more subtle. I just find it difficult to take seriously some of your moral grandstanding.

      Madhi - 2012-09-04 15:51

      Assad did not get his legitimacy from you or those like u who only take NATO/US news brief of views. Only the Syrians will kick him out and they will never do so violently, no matter the costs. If he has to kill all FSA terrorists, even millions of them, he will do it as much as Bush and co did not even think twice killing for their crusader views.

      alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-04 16:04

      @fidel mgoqi, every body knows that israel has weopons of mass and biological destructions, so if israel attack iran millions of civilians will die in middle, so the idea was to make whole middle east free from all these kinds of weopons and let the peace prevail.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-04 16:09

      Fidel, If you take the ones murdered by assad Sr and the ones murdered by assad Jr, you will easily get over 50 000 , mainly civilians slaughtered by these monsters!!!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-04 16:17

      Madhi, You are confused !! To call the FSA soldiers 'terrorists' is banal!! These are soldiers trained by this assad, and were part of 'his' terrorist army. They defected, as they did not want to be part of killing their 'own', like sending rockets into apartment blocks, bombing opposition strongholds from the air, and shooting with live ammunition on unarmed women and children. THEY are the heroes of this uprising, putting their own lives and those close to them at great risk !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 16:31

      Fidel believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. His words in the US/Mandela thread a few weeks ago. If this isn't propaganda, nothing is.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 16:35

      Madhi wants Syrians and their families to "kick out" Assad without violence, while Assad is massacring them. How do you propose they do that Madhi? What would you do if your family and friends were tortured, raped and killed by Assad? Madhi also wants Assad to kill all the Free Syria Army terrorists, when the FSA is the very group of Syrians defending themselves and removing Assad from power. So, Madhi, do you want Syrians to be free from Assad's brutality or not?

      alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-04 16:42

      An other posibility is that madhi suffered at his early childhood a pity sychotic syndrome, so can't get along what is going around the world.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-04 16:54

      @Nkosi You can still articulate that without the hyperbolic righteous indignation, which doesn't really reflect reality.

      alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-04 18:12

      @fidel mgoqi, yes didn't you know that i visited the wall of honor in garden righteus at YAD VASHEM in jerusalam, so every thing i did say was right.

  • Madhi - 2012-09-04 15:55

    "The problems of the day can never be solved by the speeches and majority of vote, only by the policy of blood and steel, blood and steel" NATO/US/Anton/Fred/Gerhard/Alex for the Syrian people I take that's your motto instead of talking peace. No more the bs of how the fight started, how is it gonna end? more blood?

      alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-04 16:12

      @ madhi, it seems you don't know nothing about what is going i middle east,all dictators in egypt, tunisia, libya, and yemen have gone forever, the same scenario is gonna happen in syria, and motto of the uprising civilians are VIVA PEOPLE's Power.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-04 16:31

      Madhi, Can you just imagine; A psychpathic monster with his scum buddies, go to your neighbour's house, they smash their place to pieces, than this monster rapes the mother,and those other thugs terrorize her kids, when they want more 'fun' they shoot her kids at point blanc range, and if they don't die immediately, they take out their butcher's knive and stab these kids till they are lifeless, and when these other dogs take turn raping the mother they than set fire to the house, and when the last dog had his 'fun' they blow the mother's brains out The mother's crime?????? Her husband defected from assad's terrorist army to the FSA, as he did not want to be part in killing his 'own' people. And than you want this psychopathic monster and his dogs, to go and sit around a table?????????? ARE YOU INSANE ?????????????????????????????????? ( You don't believe this story, goand ask Amnesty International , or are they also a terrorist organisation in your confused mind ???????)

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 16:38

      Madhi I agree with you that peaceful change is best, by far. How does one achieve that when the unelected dictator of Syria, who's in control of the state and its military, is choosing to use these resources violently again and again and again? Syrians demonstrated unarmed for eleven months. They were shot by Assad with sniper-fire by the thousands.

      Shaakeer Adam Seedat - 2012-09-04 16:47

      should have given him a gift... some polony.. laced with polonium!

  • Madhi - 2012-09-04 20:27

    Drama aside, Assad wants to talk and he needs a partner or someone to talk to. As long as people are shooting there wont be talk. It will not happen that The terrorists will just take over power, not even their masters are comfortable with that. So, let grey matter prevail, either talks or fighting, Assad is already at the negotiating table waiting. Fred my dearest kosher friend, anton my dearest mossad agent, have a heart and let syrians live like you do in the occupied territories, no one is bombing u, at least for now, and dont let FSA bomb civilians, it seems u don't care as long as their are not zionists, please for Yahweh's sake give us peace.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 20:58

      Clearly, you're living in another reality where for eleven months Assad did not kill WITH SNIPER FIRE thousands of unarmed Syrians wanting to vote in free and fair elections detained, tortured and had raped tens of thousands more. What a sad, self-destructive, poor-me statement you're making here. MEMBERS OF YOUR OWN COMMUNITY ARE BEING MASSACRED BY AN UNELECTED DICTATOR. WAKE UP!

  • Madhi - 2012-09-04 20:28

    Alex and Gerhard are drama queens like Ban ki moon, not even their parents' take them seriously any-more.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 20:59


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