Russian and Syrian Joint Coordination Headquarters March 15 Report on the Plight of Syrians in Rukban Camp

by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic “On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees»
(March 15, 2019)

For 1,779 days now the Syrian citizens has been suffering forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups in the occupied Al-Tanf zone.

We welcome the position of the United Nations, expressed in the results of the visit of Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees F. Grandi to the Syrian Arab Republic.

According to him, the activity of local authorities in restoring the country’s economy, as well as preparing decent living and working conditions for citizens returning to the republic, has a steady positive trend.

There has been some lack of efforts in the areas of security, the restoration of property rights, the issuance of identity documents, access to education, health and food, as well as the resolution of the problem of conscription.

But this only reinforces the understanding that the country is exhausted by the fight against terrorism, and additional financial and other assistance to the Syrian Arab Republic is needed.

Returning to the topic of the Rukban camp of internally displaced persons we can say for sure that despite the still unsettled life of Syrian citizens, security is provided by the Syrian authorities, jobs are created at an accelerated pace and this allows everyone to return to their homes and help the country with their own hands in creating decent living conditions. To take part in construction and restoration of dwellings.

And it’s definitely much better than living in the old tents littered with trash and dotted with natural burial grounds of the Rukban camp.

Grandi also paid a visit to Lebanon, following which he noted that about 89 percent of Syrian refugees want to return to their homeland, as the living conditions in Syria are much better than in the Lebanese camps. Then what can we say about Rukban, where the living conditions are worse than in the camps in Lebanon!

Today, Latakia province has already prepared housing for 500 Syrians. We invite representatives of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency to visit the province to see the readiness of facilities for the reception of returning citizens. The conditions created in Latakia, as well as Khalidiyah, al-Amara, Homs, Mhine, al-Qaryatayn, Palmyra, the suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo, today provide decent accommodation more than 35,000 people. And we are talking about those people who are in al-Tanf zone occupied by the American side.

The Syrian government continues to maintain six convoys of comfortable buses, which are ready to move directly to the Rukban camp at any time for the simultaneous evacuation of up to 2,400 people to their chosen places of residence.

We urge the US side only to provide access and safe passage of humanitarian convoys in al-Tanf zone controlled by Magavir Al-Saura armed gang and the unimpeded work of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in the Rukban camp.

Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees – Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees – Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation