Time to find exit from "madness" in Syria

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Residents of the Tesreen Camp in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

Three years after the adoption of a UN-led agreement on Syria called the Geneva Communiqué, it is time to end the suffering of the people and find an exit from this "madness", the United Nations Secretary-General said in a statement.

Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that the suffering of the Syrian people continues to "plum new depths".

More than 220,000 Syrians have died and almost half the country’s men, women and children have been forced to flee their homes.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Syria is on the brink of falling apart, putting at even further risk what is already the most unstable region in the world, according to UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

He said different parts of the country are increasingly controlled by a patchwork of Syrian and non-state actors, including the terrorist group ISIL or Daesh and the Al Nusra Front.

The country's cultural heritage is also under assault.

Here's UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq, speaking on behalf of the Secretary-General.

"It should shame us all that, three years since the adoption of the Geneva Communiqué on resolving the cataclysmic conflict in Syria, the suffering of the Syrian people continues to plumb new depths. Civilians face a barrage of barrel bombs and other horrendous violations of human rights such as torture and prolonged detention of tens of thousands. There must be no impunity for such inhumanity."

Ban Ki-moon added the international community, in particular the Security Council, cannot afford to waste any further time in ending the cycle of violence.

He said his Special Envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is engaging in a series of consultations on how the Geneva Communiqué can at long last be translated into meaningful action to ease the plight of the Syrian people.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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