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UN Envoy Warns of 'Violent, Worrying, Dangerous' Moment in Syria

New York (United Nations)  -  
The U.N. Special Envoy for Syria warned on Wednesday that a recent increase in violence has created one of the most dangerous moments in years of civil war in this country.
UN Envoy Warns of 'Violent, Worrying, Dangerous' Moment in Syria
14 February 2018

“I have been now four years (as) special envoy, this is a violent and worrying and dangerous a moment as any that I’ve seen in my time,” Staffan de Mistura told the United Nations Security Council.

Last week was one of the bloodiest in the nearly seven-year-old conflict as Syrian government forces, backed by Russia and Iran, bombarded two of the last major rebel areas: Eastern Ghouta and the north-western province of Idlib.

The 15-member Security Council is currently negotiating a possible resolution, drafted by Kuwait and Sweden, that would demand a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow the delivery of aid and the evacuation of sick and wounded.

“What we are seeing in Syria today not only imperils the de-escalation arrangements and regional stability, it also undermines the efforts for a political solution. Yet we will not be deterred from pursuing the Geneva process, which is the only sustainable path toward a political solution,” De Mistura said.

About 400,000 Syrians have been killed since the conflict erupted in 2011, according to the United Nations.

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