UN official urges quick and concerted action to address the Syrian situation

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Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefs the Security Council at its meeting on the situation in the Middle East

It is a moment of increased risk and instability across the Middle East and there is a need for quick and concerted action to address the humanitarian situation, both inside and outside Syria, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.

He said discussions are still ongoing with the Government of Syria on the scope and modalities of the UN Mission to Investigate Alleged Uses of Chemical Weapons in the country.

"While awaiting access to the Syrian territory, the experts of the mission are studying the information on the alleged incidents of the use of chemical weapons provided to them by Member States. They remain ready to deploy to Syria within 24 to 48 hours following the Syrian Government's acceptance of the modality and the scope of the mission."

Under-Secretary-General Feltman says the Secretary-General's position is that, at this time, the mission should investigate the allegations pertaining to incidents in Aleppo and Homs.

And he warns that as the situation inside Syria continues to deteriorate, it is even more vital that everyone collectively work towards preserving regional stability.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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