Botswana: UN challenged to proactively resolve Syrian conflict

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana on Friday reiterated its call to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the international community to urgently act and resolve conflict in Syria.

Emmanuel Pheko, spokesperson in the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation, on Friday said Botswana remained deeply concerned about the ever increasing brutality and crimes against humanity in Syria.

“We strongly condemn the continued massacre of innocent civilians by the (Bashar) al-Assad regime and its allies, including the alleged use of chemical weapons in the recent attack in Idlib province,” Pheko said.

He called upon the UNSC, as the organ tasked with the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, to re-double its efforts in finding a lasting solution to the protracted conflict in Syria.

Botswana wants UNSC members to reach a consensus on how to effectively resolve the conflict that has decimated Syrian communities.

“We are concerned that if a sustainable solution is not found to this deteriorating security and humanitarian situation, it will remain a dark stain in the collective conscience of all and an adverse failure on the part of the UN and its primary objective of aiding humanity.”

Meanwhile, Botswana said, though Friday dawn's missile strike by America on Syrian military targets, is an escalation to the conflict, it viewed it as "a necessary intervention that will send an unequivocal and strong message that the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), whether nuclear, biological or chemical is totally unacceptable".

“In the same way, we condemn the indiscriminate use of conventional weapons as it has resulted in the killing of many innocent people, including children,” Pheko said.
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07 april 2017 11:06:13

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