Security Council joins condemnation of Syrian civilian killings

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The Security Council has called for an end to all forms of violence in Syria following the killing of villagers on Friday.

Council members held emergency closed door consultations on Sunday, following which they released a press statement strongly condemning the killing of dozens of people in El-Houleh, near the city of Homs.

Azerbaijan holds the presidency of the Security Council in May.  Toufig Musayev is the country's deputy ambassador to the United Nations. 

“Such outrageous use of force against the civilian population constitutes a violation of applicable international law and of the commitments of the Syrian Government under United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2042 and 2043 to cease violence in all its forms, including the cessation of use of heavy weapons in population centres. The members of the Security Council reiterated that all violence in all its forms by all parties must cease. Those responsible for acts of violence must be held accountable."

During the meeting, members were briefed by the head of UN peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous, and Major-General Robert Mood, head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), who spoke via teleconference.

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