UN political chief urge parties to abide by US-Russian ceasefire extension

NEW YORK, May 4 (KUNA) — UN Political Chief urged parties to abide by the US and Russian arrangements to extend nationwide Cessation of Hostilities to Aleppo.
Speaking before the Security Council in the urgent meeting on Aleppo, Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffery Feltman affirmed that all states and non-state parties to conflict are bound by a strict obligation to comply with rules of international humanitarian law, and called for the situation in Syria to be referred to the International Criminal Court.
The US and Russia have reached a deal to extend the cessation of hostilities in Syria, to save lives and give the people on the ground innocently caught between warring factions some breather.
As the overall situation in Aleppo increasingly resembles some of the worst days of the pre-Cessation of Hostilities period, Feltman stressed that those “responsible for war crimes must be held to account.” UN official appealed to put the Cessation of Hostilities back on track throughout the country, and urged all to do their fair share in this respect.
“Moving forward, additional measures are also needed to reinvigorate and ensure enhanced monitoring of the Cessation of Hostilities,” he added.
Amid the high level of violence in Aleppo that negatively impacts the ability of the Syrian parties to engage in negotiation, the UN official affirmed that no military solution to the conflict, and that the only way for peace is through a political solution based on a credible political transition.
Echoing the call of so many that the “carnage” in Aleppo and Syria must stop, the Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien affirmed that the opportunity of the negotiations in Geneva must not squander.
O’Brien told the 15-member body that over the past ten-days, indiscriminate attacks and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas by Government forces and its allies, by non-State armed opposition groups, and by listed terrorist groups have “intensified affecting mostly innocent civilians.” “We are dismayed that the Government of Syria did not approve our request for a cross-line inter-agency convoy to eastern Aleppo city in May,” he added.
The UN official expressed concern about the escalation of violence and its impact on civilians.
The UK representative Matthew Raycroft said today that his country is proposing a Security Council statement that condemns the violence in Aleppo and calls for an urgent end to the brutality. (end) mao.ibi

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