Urging Syrian authorities to reconsider plans to conduct a presidential election in early June, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi today pledged to continue to seek and build on any opportunity to resolve the country’s three-year civil war.
Addressing reporters in New York, Mr Ban’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said holding elections in the current circumstances “will damage the political process and hamper the prospects for political solution that the country so urgently needs.”
“Such elections are incompatible with the letter and spirit of the Geneva Communique,” he added in reference to the action plan adopted 2012 during the first international conference on the conflict, calling for a transitional government to lead to free and fair elections.
Earlier this year, Mr Brahimi mediated two rounds of talks between the Syrian Government and the main opposition group aimed at finding a political solution to the crisis based on the goals of the Communique, but the both sides stuck to their positions and the discussions yielded only modest cooperation on a humanitarian issue related to aid access in the long-besieged Old City of Homs.
President Bashar Al Assad’s Government announced that it would hold the poll on 3 June despite three years of fighting between his office and various opposition groups.
Well over 100,000 people have been killed and an estimated 9 million others driven from their homes. In addition, there are currently more than 2.4 million refugees registered in the region: some 932,000 in Lebanon; 574,000 in Jordan; some 613,000 in Turkey; 223,000 in Iraq; and about 134,000 in Egypt, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
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Over 100 people in Lebanon have been reported killed during the hostilities started on October 7