No military solution to Syria conflict-same applies to Israel-Palestine conflict: Ban

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Secretary-General (right) meets with Staffan de Mistura (centre), and Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Secretary-General has promised to spare no effort, together with his newly-appointed senior advisors, to help stop the violence and achieve a Syrian-led inclusive political solution.

Mr Ban Ki-moon made the remarks during a photo opportunity with his Special Envoy and Deputy Special Envoy for Syria on Thursday.

Mr. Staffan de Mistura replaces Lakhdar Brahimi who stood down in May this year after serving for nine months.

His Deputy, Ambassador Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, is the former Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States

There can be no military solution to the Syria conflict, he noted, and the same applies to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

"The full support of the parties and the international community, including especially a united Security Council, will be essential. The Syrian people have suffered enough. It is time for action. It is time for peace."

Referring to the launch of Israel's ground offensive in Gaza, the Secretary-General expressed regret that despite his urgings, and those of many others, an already dangerous conflict has escalated even further.

He decried the deaths of civilians in the past 24 hours, including the "appalling" killing of four boys on a beach in Gaza City.

Mr Ban urged Israel to do far more to stop civilian casualties.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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