Statement by the Secretary-General on the Geneva Conference on Syria
New York, 18 January 2014
I welcome the decision today by the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Armed Forces to participate in the Geneva Conference on Syria. This is a courageous and historic step in the interest of a negotiated political solution to a three-year conflict that has caused so much misery and destruction.
In my letter of 6 January to the President of the Coalition, Mr. Ahmed al-Jarba, I invited a delegation representing the Syrian opposition to the Conference, whose objective is to reach agreement between the Syrian sides on the full implementation of the Geneva Communiqué of 30 June 2012 and to achieve a political transition that would bring to an end the suffering of the Syrian people. I look forward to the opposition’s expedited formation of a delegation that broadly represents the diversity of the Syrian opposition, including women.
Statements on 18 January 2014
- Berlin, Germany, 18 January 2014 - Secretary-General's message to the Global Forum on Food and Agriculture and Sixth Agriculture Ministers' Summit [delivered by Mr. David Nabarro, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition ]
- New York, 18 January 2014 - Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the presidential election in Madagascar
- New York, 18 January 2014 - The Secretary-General's Remarks at Park East Synagogue Memorial Service in Honour of the Victims of the Holocaust