Syria: FDFA calls for end to hostilities in Syrian province of Idlib

Press release, 06.09.2018

The FDFA is deeply concerned about the increase in hostilities in and around the Syrian province of Idlib. It calls on the parties to the conflict to return to the negotiating table and on the states guaranteeing the "de-escalation zone" in Idlib province to do everything within their power to prevent a further escalation of hostilities.

The FDFA is concerned about a further military escalation in north-western Syria, which would have dramatic consequences for the region's civilian population who have already suffered for far too long. An estimated 3 million people are currently in Idlib province, including some 1.4 million internally displaced persons from other parts of Syria. There is a renewed risk that a large number of people could be displaced or killed. The FDFA calls on all parties to the conflict to comply with international law, especially the United Nations Charter, international humanitarian law and human rights obligations. Immediate, unhindered and long-term humanitarian assistance to people in need, including in difficult-to-reach areas, must be guaranteed.

The FDFA calls on all parties and states involved in the conflict, in particular the states guaranteeing the Idlib "de-escalation zone", to work to ensure an immediate cessation of hostilities through negotiation. This is essential to produce a negotiated political solution under the auspices of the United Nations and to put an end to the suffering of the people of Syria. Only in this way can a lasting, broad-based peace that guarantees the rights of all Syrians be achieved.

Address for enquiries:

Information FDFA
Bundeshaus West
CH-3003 Bern
Tel.: +41 58 462 31 53
Fax: +41 58 464 90 47


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