9 April 2012

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Demands Syrian Government ‘Immediately and Unconditionally’

Cease All Military Actions against Syrian People


The following statement was issued on 6 April by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the latest escalation of violence.  He deplores the assault by the Syrian authorities against innocent civilians, including women and children, despite the commitments by the Government of Syria to cease all use of heavy weapons in population centres.  The 10 April timeline to fulfil the Government’s implementation of its commitments, as endorsed by the Security Council, is not an excuse for continued killing.  Such actions violate the consensus position of the Security Council, as expressed in its presidential statement of 5 April, for a peaceful political settlement to the Syrian crisis to be ushered by full implementation of all aspects of the Joint Special Envoy’s six-point proposal.

The Secretary-General is gravely concerned at the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation, which is now affecting more than 1 million people.  The latest reports of growing numbers of refugee arrivals in neighbouring countries are alarming.  The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoğlu, informed the Secretary-General about the stream of refugees arriving in Turkey in their telephone conversation last night.

The Syrian authorities remain fully accountable for grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.  These must stop at once.

The Secretary-General demands that the Government of Syria immediately and unconditionally cease all military actions against the Syrian people.  He reiterates that it is the responsibility of the Syrian authorities to now deliver on what they have promised, and to implement, fully and unconditionally, all the commitments under the six-point plan of Joint Special Envoy [Kofi] Annan.

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