Ban urges Security Council to act on Syria

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The calamity in Syria is without doubt the United Nations' main immediate test, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters on Tuesday.

He said the humanitarian situation is dire and getting worse. Millions of people are struggling to survive; more than 650,000 people have fled the country; lack of food and denial of access to medical treatment, inadequate shelter and heating during a harsh winter are taking their toll.

At the same time, there's unrelenting violence and human rights violations while the use of heavy weapons in urban centres is causing terrible damage, with whole towns and neighbourhoods emptied or destroyed.

” The political environment remains polarized in Syria and in the region. The Security Council must find the unity the people of Syria need. Yet a deadly military momentum has taken hold. I call again for all states to cease sending arms to either side in Syria.”

Secretary-General Ban said his assessment and that of the Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi is that there is still a long way from getting the Syrians together. They believe the key decisions about the country's future are in the hands of the Syrians. But the international community, and in particular the Security Council, has a grave responsibility to act to bring the desperate suffering of the Syrian people to an end.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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