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UN chief urges restraint in north-east Syria

09 Oct 2019


Al Hol camp, Hasakeh governorate, north-eastern Syria. 16 June 2019. Credit: OCHA/Halldorsson

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all parties to “exercise maximum restraint” and is following with great concern recent developments regarding north-eastern Syria, in particular the risk to civilians from any potential military actions.

In a statement released by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General emphasized that civilians and civilian infrastructure in the region – which has endured more than eight years of conflict – need to be protected “at all times, and that sustained, unimpeded and safe humanitarian access to civilians in need must be guaranteed in order to allow the United Nations and its humanitarian partners to continue to carry out their critical work in northern Syria”. 

Reiterating that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict, the Secretary-General underscored that the “only sustainable solution” is a UN-facilitated political process pursuant to Security Council resolution 2254, referring to the Council’s 2015 road map for Syria’s peace process.