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Threats to International Peace and Security -…

Threats to International Peace and Security - Security Council, 9334th Meeting

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The situation in the Middle East.
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Recent expanded diplomatic efforts must be matched with real action to build confidence on the ground and arrive at a political solution that restores Syria’s sovereignty and unity and meets the aspirations of its people, the United Nations senior official on the ground said today during his briefing to the Security Council.

Geir O. Pedersen, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, highlighted the acceleration of diplomatic activity this past month, noting that the meetings in Amman, Jeddah and Moscow with the Syrian Government underlined the importance of a political solution, as well as appeals to reconvene the Constitutional Committee and to work for national reconciliation. 

“It is vital that the recent diplomatic moves are matched with real action,” he stressed, reporting that that the Syrian people continue to suffer and have not seen any improvement in their lives.

Briefing the Council on the humanitarian front, Ghada Eltahir Mudawi, Deputy Director of the Office for the Coordination on Humanitarian Affairs, stressed that the humanitarian crisis in Syria must remain a global priority. 

Morgane Aveline, Middle East Regional Program Director, Norwegian Refugee Council, stressed that now is the time to prioritize long-term, sustainable and dignified access to essential services to foster self-reliance and durable solutions.

In the ensuing discussion, many delegates voiced concern about the dire humanitarian situation facing Syrians and echoed calls for the Council’s renewal of the cross-border aid mechanism set forth in resolution 2672 (2023), which expires in July.  Several speakers welcomed Syria’s return to the League of Arab States, while others emphasized that the country must genuinely engage in the political process for lasting security and stability in the country.

The meeting began at 10:40 a.m. and ended at 12:55 p.m.

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