Explanation of Vote in the Fifth Committee on the International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism for Syria

Grace Levin
Advisor for Management and Reform
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
December 30, 2020


Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I will be brief. Those familiar with the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria – also known as the ‘Triple I-M’– know the critical nature of the work that it performs. And those familiar with this year’s negotiations in the Fifth Committee know that a small number of delegations have repeatedly insisted on depriving the Mechanism of the resources necessary to effectively complete its mandate. Our commitment to accountability in Syria is unwavering because without accountability, the peace we seek – the stable, just, enduring peace the Syrian people deserve – will remain elusive. We support this amendment, and we call on all delegations who support the mechanism and accountability efforts in Syria to vote in favor of this amendment.