No military solution to the political crisis in Syria: UN chief

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Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs

There is no military solution to the political crisis in Syria. The only way out of it, the only way to bring peace back to the country and to its people, is through dialogue and political compromises, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to a Ministerial Meeting of the Friends of the Syrian people on Thursday.

During the traditional working lunch of the Secretary-General and the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council held on Wednesday, the Ministers agreed to work together and separately to make sure that the Syrian participants come to the Geneva Conference to negotiate, in good faith, a solution on the basis of the Geneva Communiqué of last year.

The Secretary-General's message was delivered by the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco.

“The Geneva Conference on Syria on which the United Nations has been working tirelessly for months, intends to launch such a dialogue. The Secretary-General strongly believes that the Conference can be held soon and can be successful in resolving the tragedy….. The Syrian people have suffered enough. It is time to put aside differences and take diplomatic action. No one in this room is naïve to the challenges of ending this conflict peacefully.  There are sceptics who will want to see the process falter, and there are others who will actively undermine it.”

Secretary-General Ban expressed the hope that Thursday's meeting will provide strong political support for the participation of the Syrian National Coalition in the Geneva Conference, adding that the Coalition has a key and central role to play in making Geneva II a success.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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