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U.N. mediator warns of violent, worrying, dangerous situation in Syria


(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency) New York, Feb.15 (Petra)-- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) late Wednesday held a session on the situation in Syria, in which the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura briefed the council's members on this regard.

"I have been now four years (as) special envoy, this is a violent and worrying and dangerous a moment as any that I've seen in my time," Staffan de Mistura told the United Nations Security Council.

"What we are seeing in Syria today not only imperils the de-escalation arrangements and regional stability, it also undermines the efforts for a political solution. Yet we will not be deterred from pursuing the Geneva process, which is the only sustainable path toward a political solution," De Mistura said.

Staffan de Mistura reiterated Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' appeal to those fighting and all concerned countries "to de-escalate immediately and unconditionally." And he especially urged the three countries that have brokered localized cease-fires including Russia, Iran, and Turkey "to use their influence to help reduce violence." "I intend to strike while the iron is hot and try to move the Geneva process ahead in consultation with all concerned. To do this, he said, I need all members of this council, indeed the council as a whole, and all who have influence on the Syrian parties, including the Astana guarantors and others, to push hard on three main points.

First, to work urgently for de-escalation, civilian protection, and humanitarian access, to support the UN in Geneva to give effect in Geneva to the "Sochi Final Declaration" within the framework of 2254. concerned parties should also support the UN in convening the political process for the full implementation of 2254 to promote a safe, calm and neutral environment, De Mistura added.

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