The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Kofi Annan, on Saturday evening in Geneva, Switzerland.
They had an in-depth exchange of views based on an analysis of the situation on the ground in Syria by the Joint Special Envoy’s team.
The Secretary-General and the Joint Special Envoy welcomed the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2042 to authorize the dispatch of the advance team of UN observers to Syria and they committed to do their best to deploy the team as quickly as possible.
Mr. Annan briefed the Secretary-General on his contacts with the Syrian government and with the opposition, as well as with countries of influence. He elaborated on the efforts to secure the full implementation of the 6-point plan, and to launch a political process that would address the concerns and aspirations of the Syrian people.
They discussed the status of the cessation of violence in Syria, including reports of sporadic violence and the continued presence of the Syrian Armed Forces in population centres.
The Secretary-General reiterated that it is the Government of Syria which has the primary responsibility to stop the violence and withdraw its forces.
They also reiterated their call on all stakeholders including the Friends of Syria to exercise their influence in encouraging the opposition to take reciprocal steps in ensuring the cessation of violence.
Both emphasized the need for the international community to speak and act with one voice in the coming days and months.
The Secretary-General and the Joint Special Envoy also discussed the need to address the humanitarian situation in Syria, where over one million people are in need of assistance.