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Worth going ‘extra mile’ for a new Syrian constitution, UN envoy urges

Efforts to establish a constitutional committee for Syria are worth going the “extra mile” for, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday, after meeting the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey – guarantors of a fragile ceasefire in the wartorn country – who agreed that it should convene for the first time early […]

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Syria: Civilians caught in crossfire, UN refugee chief urges Jordan to open its border

The head of the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, appealed on Thursday for Jordan to open its border with south-west Syria to help protect around 750,000 civilians who are “caught in the crossfire”, amidst airstrikes and heavy shelling. “More than 320,000 people are now displaced and most are living in dire and insecure conditions, including some 60,000 […]

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We must stop a devastating ‘battle to the end’ in southwest Syria, declares UN envoy

  A “full-scale” ground and aerial offensive in southwest Syria could inflict an even heavier toll on civilians than the suffering caused by previous devastating battles in the war-ravaged country, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has warned. “Let us be aware of what this would mean, if the southwest sees a full-scale battle-to-the-end: […]

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‘Highly explosive’ escalation of conflict and displacement across Syria’s Idlib, says top UN official

The situation inside Syria’s Idlib threatens to become “highly explosive” amid an uptick in conflict between armed groups and a spike in the number of people displaced inside the war-torn country, a top UN aid official said on Monday. Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, told journalists in Geneva that 1.2 million […]

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Syria: Guterres concerned over reported attacks in Idlib, calls for ‘full investigation’

  United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expressed deep concern over airstrikes that reportedly targeted a village in northern Idlib last week, killing dozens – including children. “He calls for a full investigation into the attacks, especially allegations that there was also a second strike targeting first responders, to establish accountability,” said his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, in a statement on Sunday. […]

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Avoid ‘new conflagration’ urges UN chief, in wake of military escalation in Golan

  The United Nations chief has called for an immediate halt to all hostile acts and provocative actions to “avoid a new conflagration” in the Middle East, following reported exchanges of artillery fire over the Golan Heights. According to media reports, the Israeli military attacked Iranian military installations in neighbouring Syria in retaliation for an […]

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Mediator seeks ‘relaunch’ of UN-led Syrian talks

A renewed United Nations-led diplomatic push is under way for a “meaningful relaunch” of intra-Syrian talks by the Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, his office has announced. In a statement released on April 18, the veteran negotiator is said to be engaged in “high-level consultations […] with the aim of proactively ascertaining the options” for kick-starting the […]

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Following airstrikes, UN chief warns against escalation over Syria

    The United Nations Secretary-General has called on the international community to avoid actions which could escalate the crisis in Syria and deepen the suffering of its people. António Guterres made the appeal late on Friday evening just hours after the United States, France and Britain launched air strikes targeting sites associated with the country’s chemical weapons […]

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Security Council fails to adopt three resolutions on chemical weapons use in Syria

Days after alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, the United Nations Security Council failed to adopt two competing resolutions that would have established a mechanism to investigate use of such weapons in Syria, as well as another concerning a fact-finding mission in the war-torn country. Had one of the two mechanisms […]

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