Friday, June 7, 2013

Security Council statement on humanitarian situation in Qusayr/ Syria

Security Council Draft Press Statement

The members of the Security Council express their grave concern about the humanitarian impact of the recent heavy fighting in Al-Qusayr.

The members of the Security Council call upon the Syrian Government to allow immediate, safe and unhindered  access, in accordance with the UN guiding principles of humanitarian assistance, to relevant humanitarian, including UN, actors, to reach civilians in Al-Qusayr, in urgent need of assistance, in particular medical assistance.

The members of the Security Council call upon all parties in Syria to do their utmost to protect civilians and avoid civilian casualties, recalling the primary responsibility of the Syrian Government in this regard.  They emphasise that those responsible for violations of applicable international law will be held accountable.
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