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UN Syria envoy urges upholding principle of civilians protection, int'l humanitarian law

Aug 01, 2021

United Nations, August 1: UN special envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen on Saturday called for upholding the principle of the protection of civilians and international humanitarian law, a UN spokesman has said.
The spokesman, said in a statement on behalf of the envoy, that Pedersen "is following with great concern the developments in the southwest of Syria."
"He is actively in contact with relevant parties to ensure that violence ceases and is calling on all to deescalate. He underlined to all that the principle of the protection of civilians and international humanitarian law must be upheld," said the spokesman.
"The special envoy emphasizes the humanitarian dimension of the situation, recalling the messages he received from people in Daraa stating they did not want to leave their homes," he added.
"The special envoy notes that this uptick in tension in the southwest illustrates the need for all in Syria to agree on a nationwide ceasefire, in line with Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015)," the spokesman added.
Source: Xinhua