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By, Meghan Carney, Montclair Student Diplomat, as published in Huffington Post
Wars are fought for many reasons, some clearly defined, others more obscure. Death is inevitable in combat, but the deaths of innocent bystanders shouldn’t be; unfortunately, it’s the reality of violent warfare. –More —

Confronting ISIS: Is Rule of Law & Democracy Part of Coalition? By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The rule of law even when not always delivering justice is a sounder foundation than perpetual conflict for rebuilding society and reconciliation. This is a lesson for Syria & Iraq.

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Empowerment of Women to deal with international peace & security. Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg shares the distinction of being 1 of 6 women of 15 UN Security Council members – along with Ambassadors Joy Ogwu of Nigeria, Raimonda Murmokaite of Lithuania, Maria Cristina Perceval of Argentina, Samantha Power of the United States, & Dina Kawar of Jordan.

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By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
Prince Zeid & I were among the original signatories to the Rome Statute, having spent several months establishing the institutional and legal foundation for the ICC. We worked together to insure sexual violence in conflict & gender based crimes were addressed fully within the Rome Statute & by future court.

Syrians Outside Jordan's Refugee System 'hanging on by a thread' - UN

Jordan offers Syrian refugees free access to public health care & school systems. However, day-to-day survival of 450,000 registered Syrian refugees, face rising rents, inadequate housing & educational challenges for their children.

UN Online Program for Young People

The UN spotlights LITERACY for a more sustainable future on International Day. The website www.un.org/youthenvoy “makes the UN accessible to young people by bringing all the youth-related news and opportunities in the UN system to one place.”

In measuring the impact of Syria’s devastating, ongoing conflict, the month of March presents the world with some very grim statistics, The uprising against President Bashar al-Assad is Two Years in the making, causing 70,000 Deaths, 2 Million Internally Displaced People (IDP’s), and 1 Million Refugees to neighboring countries.  The $521 Million Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan is only 21.5% funded, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA.) And this figure INCLUDES the $200 Million pledged in Kuwait at January’s donor conference.

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However, it was welcome news that Britain’s Prince Charles of Wales and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited the Prince Abdullah refugee camp in Jordan. The strain of so many refugees has been an added burden to host countries, and Jordan has been a model for its health facilities, distribution logistics, and shelter for so many arrivals. The Prince and Duchess commended Jordan’s herculean humanitarian response, and the Royal Couple also listened to tragic stories directly from the refugees at the camp.

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Prince Charles of Wales and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, today met with United Nations staff assisting Syrian refugees in a camp in Jordan during a visit that coincided with urgent calls from the head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) for emergency funding to aid more than one million Syrian refugees and another two million people displaced inside Syria.

Accompanied by Jordan’s Prince Ghazi bin Mohammad, Prince Charles and his wife paid an hour-long visit to the Prince Abdullah Park, where they toured the camp’s health clinic and aid distribution points, and examined pre-fabricated shelters provided by UNHCR to Syrian refugees.

The heir to the British throne praised the relief efforts and expressed “enormous respect for what Jordan and the humanitarian community have done for refugees … The Jordanian people are truly remarkable in what they manage to cope with.” “It’s remarkable what UNHCR and others are doing to try and deal with this unbelievably difficult and heart-breaking situation,” he added.

In a conversation with one of the families taking refuge in the camp, 55-year-old Musa told the royal couple that he decided to flee Syria with his wife and five children last September after he was arrested and tortured.

Also today in Jordan, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, called for additional financial aid, warning that a lack of funding could destabilize the entire region. “This is not just any crisis. It requires a special mechanism of support,” Mr. Guterres told journalists in Amman, following meetings with Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.

“There is no way this can be funded by normal humanitarian aid budgets,” he noted, warning that “the consequences could be devastating for the Syrian people and for regional stability” if significant new funding was not forthcoming.

A final, probing question: “How much longer will this war last as the rest of the World watches and counts the numbers?” ,,,

By, Susan Sacirbey

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The Syrian civilian situation within Syria and outlying refugee camps remains and escalates beyond bleak. Simply put, there is not enough food and fuel to go around as winter rains and heavy flooding decimate refugee camps. Fighting broke out in the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan as desperate civilians battled the cold, hunger, and fatigue. The World Food Programme  (WFP) estimates 2.5 needing assistance, but is only able to feed one and a half million people. That means one million people will go to bed in a makeshift tent cold and hungry. Fuel shortages have made it difficult to operate baking ovens, and even the cost of bread has escalated.

UN News Centre Sources

“WFP is unable to scale up assistance due to lack of implementing partners and challenges reaching the hardest hit areas,” a spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Elizabeth Byrs, told a news briefing in Geneva. “Where fighting is taking place food prices have reportedly doubled and there is a lack of cooking gas,” she added.

Ms. Byrs noted that, overall, WFP is reaching around 1.5 million people each month with its supplies, and it estimates that 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance. In November, the distribution cycle had provided aid to 1.4 million people, slightly less than the target due to poor security conditions; the December distribution cycle was still underway, so accurate figures were not yet available.

More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which is now in its 23rd month.  The security situation’s deterioration has led WFP to temporarily relocate its staff from its sub-offices in the cities of Homs, Aleppo, Tartous and Qamisl.

According to UN estimates, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance inside the country quadrupled between March 2012 and December 2012, from one million to four million. UN humanitarian aid planning estimates that up to a million Syrian refugees will need help during the first half of 2013, with most of these located in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt.

Despite a request last October from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) to increase the number of beneficiaries from 1.5 million to 2.5 million, WFP was unable to further scale up its assistance due to the lack of implementing partners on the ground and challenges reaching some of the country’s hardest hit areas. Its main partner – SARC – was overstretched and had no more capacity to expand further; WFP is seeking further partners on the ground to assist with its operations.

In the city of Aleppo, the majority of the population was depending on private bakeries where the price of one kilogram of bread, if available at all, had reached 250 Syrian pounds – the highest in the country – and 40 to 50 per cent higher compared to other governorates, according to WFP. Ms. Byrs also highlighted that while donors have already provided WFP with around $117 million for its activities in Syria, it needs an additional $136 million to continue feeding 1.5 million people until June this year.

With thousands more Syrians seeking safety in neighbouring countries, the UN agency is also responding to the food needs of refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey with food distribution.

Elsewhere, the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has continued holding meetings in the region and elsewhere, as part of his efforts to bring about a negotiated, political solution to end the Syrian conflict. He was expected to meet with Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday evening.  Mr. Brahimi has repeatedly stated his belief in a political solution to the crisis in Syria – with the so-called ‘Geneva communiqué’ providing the basis for a peace process.

The ‘Geneva communiqué’ was issued after a meeting in the Swiss city of the Action Group for Syria, and it lays out key steps in a process to end the violence in Syria. Amongst other items, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.

The Action Group is made up of the Secretaries-General of the UN and the League of Arab States; the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister; the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, in their respective roles related to the Arab League.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Damascus Woman Receiving Emergency Rations from WFP  (WFP/Abeer Etefa)

DIPLOMAT ARTIST Blog Report: ANGELINA JOLIE & UNHCR: SYRIA REFUGEES UNDER ATTACK, By Ambassador Mo
From Bosnians ethnically cleansed, to displaced in Ecuador to African migrants in Italy to those still displaced by conflict in Afghanistan, Angelina Jolie has again returned to re-focus global attention on ever regressive human rights & humanitarian plight of Syrian refugees with thousands added to ranks of displaced every week, especially during brutal summer.
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DIPLOMAT ARTIST Blog Report: ELIE NAAMAN – JUNE’S DIPLOMAT ARTIST, By Susan Sacirbey
On 1 April, 2012, Diplomatically Incorrect instituted  “Diplomat Artist of the Month.” Elie Naaman is our first June Diplomat Artist from the world of sports & popular culture. His is a unique distinction as this honor is being bestowed posthumously as a tribute & celebration of his life, cut short at age 22, on 23 May 2012, in Beirut, Lebanon outside of his motorcycle repair shop. –More–
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