Russian and Syrian Joint Coordination Headquarters March 21 Report on the Plight of Syrians in Rukban Camp

JOINT STATEMENT
by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic “On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees»
(March 21, 2019)

For 1,785 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.

Thanks to the voluntary and noble impulse of the leadership of Jordan, the Nasib checkpoint was opened on the Syrian border, which operates around the clock, ensuring a significant flow of Syrian citizens returning to their homeland. During the day about a thousand people pass through it, and during its operation more than 100,000 Syrians have already returned to the territory of Syria.

It should be noted that the returning Syrian citizens leave temporary accommodation, organized by the authorities of the kingdom from the very beginning of the armed conflict, which takes into account all the requirements of international humanitarian organizations, and the conditions created in them cannot even be compared with the situation in Rukban. It should be emphasized that the Jordanian authorities during the civil war in Syria took about a million Syrians on their territory and managed to provide them with the necessary conditions for life.

And here the position of the United States is completely incomprehensible, they block the implementation of the initiative to disband the camp and evacuate its inhabitants in humiliating, anti-human conditions to their native places with enviable persistence.

We appeal to the entire international community to support the idea of liquidating the Rukban camp, this hotbed of violence, crime, and the spread of dangerous infections on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

The resettlement of the camp of internally displaced persons will additionally stimulate the Syrian refugees living in the kingdom to return to their homeland, and this is undoubtedly economically viable for the Jordanian side. We ask the leadership of Jordan to join this process and provide all possible assistance for the speedy rescue of people from 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