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New York, 4 February 2012

On Syria

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, is very concerned about the inability of the Security Council today to adopt a resolution supported by the Arab League and favoured by 13 members of the Council to end the bloodshed and violence in Syria.

The longer the Security Council remains divided in adopting a consensus position on developments in Syria the more difficult the situation becomes, with more Syrians being killed daily.

The President of the General Assembly remains deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in Syria and reiterates the urgent calls of the United Nations, the Arab League and the international community for the authorities in Syria to end the killings immediately and also put a halt to all human rights violations.

The President of the General Assembly strongly encourages the Arab League to continue in its efforts and initiatives aimed at a peaceful resolution of the situation. He strongly urges the Syrian authorities to cooperate fully with the Arab League and the international community. President Al-Nasser further urges President Bashar Al-Assad to listen to the voices and aspirations of his people.

The President of the General Assembly calls on members of the Security Council to continue to work together closely for a common position for lasting peace, stability and democracy in Syria.


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