UN chief calls for ‘action’ over situation in Syria

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for “action” over dire humanitarian situation in Syria, stressing the need for a political solution to end the crisis in the Arab country.

“The Security Council has… made a strong commitment to relieve the humanitarian situation to reach millions of desperate civilians. Now these commitments must be backed by action,” Ban said on Tuesday.

He further urged all parties engaged in Syria conflict to avoid fanning the flames of violence and unrest in the Middle Eastern country and strive for finding a political way out of the crisis.

“I call on all parties to respect international humanitarian and human rights law, end the violence and work for a political solution,” he said.

On October 2, in a presidential statement adopted unanimously, the UN Security Council urged all sides of the conflict to help UN agencies and private aid groups “to take immediate steps to facilitate the expansion of humanitarian relief operations.”

“The Security Council also urges all parties to take all appropriate steps to ensure the safety and security of United Nations personnel, those of its specialized agencies, and all other personnel engaged in humanitarian relief activities,” the statement said.

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos welcomed the statement, saying, “Ultimately, the international community must find a lasting political solution to end the suffering of ordinary Syrians.”

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

In a recent statement, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said the number of Syrian refugees, who have fled the country’s conflict, has reached two millions.

The UN refugee agency also said some 4.2 million people have also been displaced inside Syria since the beginning of the conflict in the Arab country.

By Press TV


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