The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General welcomes the Security Council’s unanimous adoption today of resolution 2336 (2016) and efforts by the Russian Federation and Turkey to reduce violence and save civilian lives in Syria through the establishment of a ceasefire.
The Secretary-General also takes note of the resolution’s call for the full implementation of resolutions 2254 (2015) and 2268 (2016). He urges all parties to heed the renewed call in the resolution for rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access throughout Syria.
The Secretary-General hopes that these developments will lead to productive talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, and contribute to intra-Syrian negotiations to be convened by the United Nations in Geneva on 8 February 2017 and pursuant to resolution 2254 (2015).