A move by Syrian Government "vital" to end violence: Ban Ki-moonListen /
A move by the Syrian Government is vital to end the ongoing violence in the country.
That's the message United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent to a 29-nation meeting on Syria held in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Thursday.
Mr. Ban said that despite repeated verbal acceptances of the Six-Point Plan, both the Government and the opposition continue to rely on weapons, not diplomacy, in the belief that they will win through violence.
The plan, which was endorsed by the Security Council, was proposed by Kofi Annan who resigned last week as the joint Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League.
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky has more.
"The Secretary-General said that the primary responsibility for stopping the violence rests with those on the ground. A first move by the Government is vital, as its intransigence and refusal to implement the six-point peace plan has been the greatest obstacle to any peaceful political process, ensuring the distrust of the opposition in proposals for a negotiated transition The opposition, too, should be more forthcoming in favour of opportunities for a political solution."
The Secretary-General stressed that what is most important and urgent is for all sides in the conflict in Syria to protect civilians and abide by their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law.