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12 July 2012 (Click on picture)
SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON ATTACKS IN SYRIA
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Nestor Osorio (Colombia):
The Security Council has received letters from the Secretary-General and the Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan on the tragic reports of intense violence and significant casualties coming out of the village of Trem-seh, near Hama.
The members of the Security Council expressed their profound concern and condemned this outrageous escalation of violence in the strongest possible terms. The members of the Security Council extended their profound sympathies and sincere condolences to the families of the victims, and underscored their grave concern about the situation of civilians in Syria.
The use of artillery, tanks and helicopters is a violation of the Syrian Government's obligations and commitments to cease the use of heavy weapons in population centres under the six-point plan and Security Council resolutions 2042 and 2043.
Such outrageous use of force against civilian population constitutes a violation of applicable international law and of the commitments of the Syrian Government under United Nations Security Council resolutions 2042 (2012) and 2043 (2012) to cease violence in all its forms, including the cessation of use of heavy weapons in population centres. The members of the Security Council insisted upon the full implementation of these resolutions, and they reiterated that all violence in all its forms by all parties must cease.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to the efforts of the Joint Special Envoy for the implementation of his six-point plan in its entirety and requested him to convey in the clearest terms to the Syrian parties, and in particular the Syrian Government, the demands of the Security Council.
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