We are deeply worried by the continued escalation of hostilities in Syria, which may further destabilise the region.
We call on all parties to exercise maximum restraint, and abide by their obligations to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure. Attacks against civilians are simply unacceptable, and only serve to exacerbate an already dire humanitarian situation.
We urge all parties involved to make positive steps to contribute to lowering tensions.
There are no military solutions to the conflict in Syria. Syria needs a nationwide ceasefire. For this, the parties must sit down together at the negotiation table.
I would like to reiterate Norway’s full support for the work of the Special Envoy and his step-for-step approach, and underline the importance of implementation of all aspects of Resolution 2254.
We are disappointed by the continued lack of progress on the political track, namely the stalled process in the Constitutional Committee. Let me reiterate that progress towards finding a sustainable end to the conflict must be a priority for all.
We welcome the recent Astana talks and continue to urge all parties to cooperate constructively with Special Envoy Pedersen.
We were pleased to note the convening of the Women’s Advisory Board in Geneva earlier in November. Their participation and advice on the political process is essential to addressing the concerns of those most affected by the conflict.
Similarly, we urge continued focus on the important issue of missing and arbitrarily detained persons in Syria. Accountability and justice will serve as the building blocks for lasting peace in Syria.