Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 5 March 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence
Refugee Situation in Syria: Discussion
Mr. Mustafa Al Manla:
I wish to address the very important issues of returnees and the protection of humanitarian workers. Of course, refugees would like to go back to Syria but three main elements which must be borne in mind are that the process of return must be voluntary, dignified and safe. Many areas of Syria are not safe for return.
On the protection of humanitarian workers, we want to encourage those workers and recognise their courage. They are the bridge linking us with the affected population. They are always there to support those who have been affected and badly need humanitarian services. The protection of humanitarian workers should be a priority in order to ensure that we can access the affected population who benefit from the services provided.