Syria crisis discussed at UN meeting, says spokesman for UN chief
3 May 2013 17:39
Islam Times - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has met with representatives of the five permanent members of the Security Council to discuss ways to end more than two years of crisis in Syria.
Martin Nesirky, Ban’s spokesman, said Thursday that the two sides discussed “possible diplomatic moves” to end the crisis that has gripped Syria since March 2011.
The UN official stated that the meeting also focused on the “ever-worsening humanitarian situation inside Syria and the neighboring countries, and international efforts to alleviate it.”
Nesirky said the UN chief also briefed the Security Council representatives on the “latest developments relating to the chemical weapons investigation mission.”
On March 19, some 25 people were killed and many others injured when foreign-backed militants fired missiles containing a chemical substance into a village near the northwestern city of Aleppo, according to a report by Syria’s official news agency SANA. The Syrian government has requested a UN investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, the envoys from the five veto-holding members of Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain and the United States - refused to comment on the Thursday meeting.
The meeting was held after reports circulated that UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi was planning to quit as an international mediator on Syria.
On May 1, UN diplomatic sources said Brahimi was finding it difficult to work for both the UN and the Arab League, because the two sides differed greatly on their stance toward the unrest in Syria.
According to the diplomats, Brahimi came up with the decision after the Arab League undermined his neutrality as a mediator by handing Syria’s seat to its foreign-backed opposition on March 26.
The UN has been calling for a halt to transfers of weaponry to the militant groups in Syria. The Arab League, on the contrary, has been supporting the militants both logistically and financially.
Brahimi, a veteran Algerian diplomat, was assigned to the position of the UN-Arab League envoy in September 2012, replacing Kofi Annan.
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