UN remains gravely concerned about rising death toll in Syria

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Oscar Fernandez-Taranco

Achieving a full and sustained cessation of violence and seeking a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Syria remain the centre of United Nations efforts.

That's what UN Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco told the Security Council Tuesday.

He said the UN remains gravely concerned about the intensification of violence and a rising death toll in the country, as well as continued human rights abuses and unmet humanitarian needs.

“The situation in Homs is particularly alarming. The tragic human suffering resulting from the escalating conflict calls for urgent and concerted efforts to avoid a full-scale civil war. Time is running out.”

Fernandez-Taranco says shelling and firing against population centres by government forces must stop immediately.

The head of the UN Observer Mission in Syria General Robert Mood is expected to brief the Security Council later Tuesday.

Duration: 16″

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