3 June 2013

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

Secretary-General, Expressing ‘Gravest Concern’, Urges All Sides

in Syrian Conflict to Avoid Civilian Casualties


The following statement was issued on 1 June by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is following with the gravest concern the situation in Qusayr, Syria, where fighting has been raging in recent days.

He urges all sides to do their utmost to avoid civilian casualties.  He also reminds the Government of its responsibility to protect civilians who come under its control, including from the threat of militias.  He calls on the warring parties to allow trapped civilians to escape the town.

As preparations for an international conference on Syria intensify, he reminds all parties to the conflict that the eyes of the world are upon them, and that they will be held accountable for any acts of atrocity carried out against the civilian population of Qusayr.

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