Top UN officials stress need for unity in efforts for political solution in Syria

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi have stressed the necessity of unity of the international community in efforts to encourage a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

In a statement following a meeting in Switzerland on the weekend, "both expressed deep frustration at the failure of the international community to act with unity to end the conflict which has left over 70,000 dead and resulted in a massive human displacement within and outside of the Syrian borders".

According to the statement, "they regretted that the government and armed opposition forces have become increasingly reckless with human life and stressed the importance of accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Both officials "reaffirmed their conviction that the international community should remain focused on pursuing a political solution which is the best hope for arriving at a peaceful, democratic Syria that protects the right of all its communities".

Secretary-General Ban and Mr. Brahimi also spoke about recent statements by the Syrian Government and the opposition indicating their willingness to engage in dialogue. The United Nations would welcome and be prepared to facilitate a dialogue between a strong and representative delegation from the opposition and a credible and empowered delegation from the Syrian Government.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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