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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Notes to correspondents

Press Statement by the Joint Special Representative for Syria, Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi

Geneva, Switzerland, 17 April 2014

Recent discussions between the Syrian authorities and a Negotiating Committee representing the civilians and fighters still trapped in the Old city of Homs as well as the inhabitants of the Al-Waer neighbourhood were followed with keen interest and great hope by people all over Syria as well as elsewhere in the region and the world.  The Government Media in Damascus wrote very positively about the process.

It is a matter of deep regret that negotiations were brutally stopped and violence is now rife again when a comprehensive agreement seemed close at hand. It is alarming that Homs, whose people have suffered so much throughout these past three years is again the theatre of death and destruction.

We have reached out to all those who could help put an end to this tragedy. We urge all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal which was on the verge of being signed.