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Violence in Syria (May 16, 2012)

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the further killings perpetrated by the Syrian regime’s forces against their own people. We especially condemn the shootings carried out by these forces during the funeral in Khan Cheikhoun which left 20 people dead, as well as the attack against the UN observer convoy. It is the responsibility of the Syrian authorities to ensure the protection and safety of the observers.

We strongly urge Damascus - as the Joint UN and Arab League Special Envoy, Kofi Annan, did yesterday – to agree to the conditions that would allow the distribution of humanitarian assistance needed by more than a million Syrians. It is unacceptable that Damascus has continued to refuse access to humanitarian workers and the UN since the visit by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Amos, at the beginning of March.

In light of this worsening situation and Damascus’s blatant disregard for the ceasefire, the international community must refocus its efforts in order to allow the effective implementation of the Annan plan. The next report based on the conclusions presented by UNSMIS should allow the Security Council to take the necessary decisions.



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