Meeting on Syria Humanitarian Situation, on Margins of G-20 Summit
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre left) addresses a meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria, chaired by David Cameron (centre right), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The meeting was held on the margins of the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg. The Secretary-General warned that “Ill-considered military action could cause serious and tragic consequences, with an increased threat of further sectarian violence.” Insisting that “we should explore ways to avoid further militarization of the conflict and revitalize the search for a political settlement instead,” he called for renewed efforts to rapidly convene the Geneva conference for Syria as soon as possible. Also attending the meeting was Lakhdar Brahimi (on Mr. Ban’s right), Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria.