UNSC press elements on developments in and around the de-escalation area of northwestern Syria

10.05.2019 - Press release

The Security Council received a briefing by OCHA on the situation in and around northwestern Syria.

The Security Council follows with great concern the intensifying hostilities in northwestern Syria. The Security Council condemned the loss of innocent civilian lives, and is alarmed by the displacement of over 150.000 persons as well as the targeting of population centers and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals and schools. The Security Council expressed its deep concern of a potential humanitarian catastrophe in the event of a full-scale military operation in Idlib zone.

The Security Council urged all parties to uphold international humanitarian law and protect civilians. The Security Council urged the concerned parties to recommit and comply fully with the ceasefire arrangements of the memorandum signed on 17 September 2018.

The Council reaffirmed its commitment to UN efforts and to the UN-led political process.


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