Angelina Jolie-Pitt pleas to international community on behalf of Syrians

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Angelina Jolie Pitt (right), addresses the Security Council meeting on the continuing conflict in Syria and the attendant humanitarian and refugee crises. At her side is the High Commissioner, António Guterres. UN Photo/Mark Garten

It is time for the Security Council to work as one to end the conflict in Syria, and reach a settlement that also brings justice and accountability for the people.

That's according to American actress and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie-Pitt, who has been working with the Organization for 13 years.

Ms Jolie-Pitt was speaking to members of the Security Council on Friday at a briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Angelina Jolie-Pitt said she has made 11 visits to Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Malta, since the civil conflict began in 2011.

At that time, she said the refugees she met had hope.

But when she returned next, hope was turning to anger.

On her last visit in February, the UN Envoy explained that anger had subsided into resignation and misery.

Here's Angelina Jolie-Pitt.

“Nearly four million Syrian refugees are victims of a conflict they have no part in. Yet they are stigmatized, unwanted, and regarded as a burden. I am here for them, because this is their United Nations. The purpose of the UN is to prevent and end conflict. To bring countries together, find diplomatic solutions and save lives. We are failing to do this for Syria.”

Ms Jolie-Pitt added that the problem is based on a lack of political will.

She urged members of the Security Council to visit Syrian refugees, to see first-hand their suffering and the impact on the region.

She also called for Syrian women to be fully represented in future peace negotiations.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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