29 May 2013, Geneva; The Maldives today participated in an Urgent Debate held in the Human Rights Council concerning the deteriorating situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic, and the recent killings in the city of Al-Qusayr.

In delivering her remarks to the Human Rights Council, H.E. Ms. Iruthisham Adam, Permanent Representatives of the Republic of Maldives strongly reiterated the call by the Government of Maldives to cease all violence and to reach a negotiated settlement to end the conflict. The Maldives also condemned in the strongest terms the systematic and gross violations that are taking place in Al-Qusayr, and the use of disproportionate force in residential areas by the Syrian Government, including aerial attacks and indiscriminate shelling of civilian populations in the city.

In her statement, Ambassador Adam expressed alarm on the participation of non-state actors from neighboring countries in the conflict which now threatens regional peace and stability. "It is most disconcerting that the conflict in Syria and all its maladies are spilling over to neighbouring countries, with wide implications for the peace and stability of the entire region. We call on the international community, especially the United Nations Security Council to implement urgently enforcement measures to give effect to its resolutions on this conflict. Political differences in the international community must not be a basis for indecisiveness, especially when thousands of lives have been lost and the undoing of the Syrian State continues before our eyes. The humanitarian and human cost of the conflict has already become immeasurable", said the Ambassador.

The Maldives also welcomed international efforts to hold an international conference in Geneva in June 2013, aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict and expressed its commitment to support all such efforts to end the violence.

The Human Rights Council adopted the resolution, which was tabled jointly by Qatar, Turkey and the United States, with overwhelming support. The Maldives both co-sponsored the resolution and voted in favour of it.

The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate with wide implications for the entire region. According to the United Nations, nearly 7 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance, of whom 3 million are children. Over 4 million people have been internally displaced and a further 1.4 million people have sought refuge in neighboring countries.The number of Syrians killed in the conflict has surpassed 80'000 since the uprising started two years ago.