Closing remarks at informal briefing on the situation in Syria

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Closing Remarks by Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, at  Informal briefing on the situation in Syria

20 October 2016


Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 4.06.23 PMI’d like to close by thanking the Secretary-General, and Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, for your harrowing briefings today.

The gravity of the humanitarian situation in Syria, and the urgency of the need for remedial action could not be clearer.

It is clear that the concern at the humanitarian situation in Syria is shared by all members of this Assembly.

The international community has a moral obligation to the Syrian people to do all we can to relieve their suffering, and to bring to an end to this prolonged crisis.

Facilitation of full, immediate and safe access by United Nations and humanitarian personnel without further delay, is required to ensure aid reaches the people in need.

I urge donors to be generous in their commitments to help ease the humanitarian crisis.

On behalf of the Assembly, I call on all those with influence to collectively and constructively find a workable political solution to the crisis in Syria.

I trust today’s informal briefing has helped inform Member States on the situation in Syria.

Mostly I hope it helps to progress solutions that bring to an end the unacceptable levels of suffering of the Syrian people.

Thank you.

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