UN SECURITY COUNCIL VOICES FRUSTRATION AT FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT CEASEFIRE IN SYRIA
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), expressed frustration over the failure to implement a resolution calling for a ceasefire throughout Syria.
On Saturday, the UNSC had adopted Resolution 2401, calling for a ceasefire “without delay” for at least 30 days, throughout Syria, to deliver humanitarian aid and evacuate the critically ill and wounded.
“We are here again today because the brief respite you unanimously demanded only days ago, in Resolution 2401 has not materialised,” Jeffrey Feltman, UN undersecretary general for political affairs, told the UNSC.
“There are no words to express our frustration over the collective failure of the international community, to end this war. But that frustration is nothing compared to the suffering and destruction upon the Syrian people.”
Air strikes, shelling and ground offensives have continued in Syria, with reports of yet another chlorine gas attack, Feltman said, adding, “What we need is implementation of 2401, and that is not happening.”
UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs Mark Lowcock, who briefed the UNSC before Feltman, said, more than 580 people have reportedly been killed and over 1,000 others wounded, due to air and ground based strikes in Eastern Ghouta since Feb 18.
At the same time, he said, hundreds of rockets from Eastern Ghouta into Damascus have reportedly killed 15 people and injured more than 200 others.
Russia’s UN Ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said, Saturday’s resolution also “underscores the need for the parties to agree on humanitarian pauses … and truces” and “any enduring pause must be preceded by an agreement of all parties for deescalation.”
Syria’s UN Ambassador, Bashar Ja’afari, said, the main responsibility for ceasing hostilities is on “groups that have influence on terrorist groups.”
“We cannot do it alone. … You need to have a commitment by the supporters of these terrorists in eastern Ghouta, to implement the resolution, meaning stopping sending weapons,” the envoy said.
Source: NAM News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/un-security-council-voices-frustration-at-failure-to-implement-ceasefire-in-syria/National news