Turkey rejects UN aid over its silence on Syrian massacre

Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate announced that they had decided to reject the UN's financial support for a project, adding that it would be financed by Turkey's own means.

Turkey rejects UN aid over its silence on Syrian massacre

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish authorities have rejected financial aid from the UN for a project that aims to prevent violence against women due to the UN's silence in the wake of a chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus that killed hundreds of people on Wednesday.

The project is a joint collaboration between the Ministry of Family and Social Policy and the Religious Affairs Directorate and includes the contributions of religious officials in the fight against domestic violence.

At the signing ceremony of the protocol on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ, Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Şahin and the head of the Religious Affairs Directorate, Professor Mehmet Görmez, announced that they had decided to reject the UN's financial support for the project, adding that it would be financed by Turkey's own means.

United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) Turkey representative Zahidul Hugue, who was in attendance at the ceremony, was informed about this decision by Görmez.

“Before dealing with the issue of domestic violence, the UN should first stop the massacre of people. For this project, we will not spend even a penny from the UN,” Görmez told Hugue.

Bozdağ and Şahin voiced their criticism about massacres in Syria and the UN's silence over them.

“I wonder which Quran do those carrying out these massacres in Syria read and which prophet do they follow? Where are such massacres allowed in Islam? If the world is remaining silent about this brutality, this means that humanity is dead. The world is still calculating its own interests. If those killed by [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad and [Egypt's chief military officer Gen. Abdel Fattah] al-Sisi had been non-Muslims, would five members of the UN come together and then leave without saying a word?” Bozdağ asked.

Minister Şahin said she trembled when she saw the photos of Syrians killed in Wednesday's attack in newspapers.

“Today, a humanitarian tragedy is taking place just 200 kilometers away from us, and humanity has failed again. Just like [ousted Iraqi leader] Saddam Hussein does not have a gravestone, Assad will also not have a gravestone,” she said.

Following the speeches, the protocol was signed by Bozdağ, Şahin and Görmez.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ağustos 2013, 16:59
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