Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo react with hooror at the bombings of various hospitals in Syrua. A school is located next to one of the hopsitals and children are among the victims. For the Ministers, the protection of medical facilities is indisputable. Access to hopsitals and aid stations must be guaranteed for everyone.
As EU Hight Representative Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Stylianides already emphasised, these attacks are a clear violation of the international humanitarian law. Humanitarian organisations , which strive to save lives in extremely difficult circumstances, should be protected in all circumstances.
Resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council, which was unanimously adopted last December, states that attacks on civilian targets and hospitals must be stopped immediately. The parties involted must immediately respect the international humanitarian law.
Ministers Reynders and De Croo call on the parties to stop the attacks on civilian targets. These attacks only lead to bloodshed and despair for Syrian peolple and do not bring us any closer to a political solution to the conflict.
The agreement that was reached last week in Munich must be quickly implemented, in particular the cessation of hostilities, so that the Syrian peolple can get urgent humanitarian aid and not have to fear the bombings anymore.
The Ministers note that the number of violations of the international humanitarian law has recently increased. This issue places high on the agenda of the first World Humanitarian Summit, which will take place in Istanbul in May.
Our country will follow the call of the Secretary-General all standards for the preservation of humanity, especially his call for the protection of medical infrastructure, medical personnel and medical services.