UN Secretary-General pushes for international conference on Syria

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Lakhdar Brahimi

As part of his efforts to push for an international conference to resolve the crisis in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited the joint UN-Arab League envoy to join him in Saint Petersburg.

The Secretary-General is in the Russian city to attend this year's summit of the major world economies known as the G20.

Secretary-General Ban said the Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is on his way to Russia to help him push for the International Conference on Syria.

"While leaders are attending the G20 summit meeting to discuss the world economic situation the current situation caused by the allegation of chemical weapons use and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria urgently require world leaders to focus their political will to address this issue. That is why I have asked Joint Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to join me in Saint Petersburgh to press for the early convening of Geneva II Conference." (33")

The first Geneva conference on Syria was held in June last year.

UN Secretary-General stressed that there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria but only a political solution which can bring peace and bring an end to the bloodshed now.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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