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News, 2/27/2018

Foreign Minister Soini welcomes Security Council Resolution for cease-fire in Syria

Finland welcomes the UN Security Council Resolution 2401 (2018), demanding a 30-day cessation of hostilities in Syria to enable the delivery of humanitarian aid and humanitarian evacuations. The Resolution was unanimously adopted by the Security Council on Saturday.

Foreign Minister Timo Soini calls on all parties to respect and implement the Security Council Resolution.

“I’m extremely worried about the continuing hostilities in Syria, and particularly in Eastern Ghouta. A cease-fire is urgently needed to allow humanitarian relief to reach the troubled areas. All parties should refrain from further escalating the situation”, Minister says.

The humanitarian emergency in Syria, particularly in Eastern Ghouta, has steadily worsened since late-2017. Over the past weeks the situation has deteriorated sharply. According to UN sources dozens of civilians have deceased in the air raids conducted by the Syrian regime. Lack of humanitarian access makes the situation particularly alarming.

The European Union Member States also gave a joint-statement on Friday, condemning the deliberate killings of civilians:

“The European Union is running out of words to describe the horror being experienced by the people of Eastern Ghouta“, the statement said.

Minister Soini further reminds that the only durable way to end the war in Syria is the UN-led political process to which all the parties should commit themselves.

“Finland fully supports the UN-led Geneva process led by the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura”, Minister adds.

Link to the EU statement of 23 February 2018.

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