“The need for humanitarian aid and the protection of Syrian civilians has never been greater [and] the humanitarian appeal for a single crisis has never been higher.”
The statement of Antonio Gueterres, the new UN Secretary-General drives the attention to the recent Syrian humanitarian problem with these words.
“Mindful of the risk of escalation, I appeal for restraint to avoid any acts that could deepen the suffering of the Syrian people.” he added in a recent statement.
The alleged 4 April chemical weapons attack killed many civilians in the Khan Shaykhun area of Idlib.
“These events underscore my belief that there is no other way to solve the conflict than through a political solution,” said Guterres, calling on the parties to urgently renew their commitment to making progress in the Geneva [intra-Syrian talks].
It is clear that UN stands for protection from violence thanks to dialogue and diplomacy. The Security Council already convened an urgent session to hear an update on the situation in Syria. Thanks to this session we know that in mid-February, Government forces escalated their military operations in several areas of Damascus and Homs, recapturing Wadi Barada and al-Waar in Homs.
In February and March, armed opposition groups, sometimes coordinating with al-Nusra Front, launched offensives in Daraa, Damascus and Hama.
Furthermore, on 4 April, as Government forces were fighting to regain territory recently lost to opposition offensives in northern Hama, disturbing reports emerged of an alleged chemical attack, in nearby Khan Shaykhoun in southern Idlib, Mr. Feltman said, adding that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has announced that its fact-finding mission is starting to investigate the alleged attack.
Aware of consequences, the UN chief stressed the need for accountability for such crimes in line with existing international norms and Security Council resolutions.
In fact, we recommend the Security Council resolution 2254 (2015) and the 2012 Geneva Communiqué as main symbol the foundation of , and for, United Nations mediation, as UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman recently affirmed.
UN News Centre