United Nations Seeks Negotiated Political Solution as Syria Conflict Enters Ninth Year, Under-Secretary-General Tells Security Council, un.org

Permanent Representative Accuses United States, Allies of Pursuing New Middle East Reality by Backing Terrorists, Foreign Fighters.

With the conflict in Syria having just entered its ninth year, and the country’s people having endured eight years of horrendous suffering, the United Nations is seeking to forge a negotiated political solution, the Organization’s senior political and peacebuilding affairs official told the Security Council today.

“No subject has been off limits,” said Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, emphasizing the importance of deepening a sustained dialogue with the Government of Syria and the opposition around the need to build trust in pursuit of a safe, calm and neutral environment.[…]

Syria’s representative said that the United States and its allies are seeking to create a new reality in the Middle East by supporting terrorists, foreign fighters and others who attack Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  Recalling that the illegal coalition that invaded Iraq in 2003 provoked the formation of the Al-Qaida terrorist group, he said the same has now happened with Al-Nusra Front in Syria.

France’s delegate urged fellow Council members to seize the narrow window of opportunity opened by the convergence of different positions around the need to defeat terrorism, improve the humanitarian situation, and reach an inclusive solution based on Council resolution 2254 (2015), which sets out a road map for an intra-Syrian peace process facilitated by the United Nations. Läs mötesreferat