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DPI Syria Update No. 147, 18 May 2016

Special Envoy to soon reconvene Intra-Syrian talks
At a press conference at the end of a meeting of the International Support Group for Syria (ISSG) in Vienna on 17 May, Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said that credible developments needed to happen on the ground before a date for the next round of Intra-Syrian talks could be announced. “Credible Intra-Syrian talks will become credible when there is a credible development on the cessation of hostilities and a credible improvement on the humanitarian side,” he noted. Continue reading

DPI Syria Update No145, 4 May 2016

UN political and humanitarian chiefs brief Security Council on situation in Aleppo
In an open briefing to the Security Council on the situation in Aleppo on 4 May, Under- Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said that the government aerial bombardment of the city over the last two weeks had shown the worst of this war. Opposition shelling had also led to death and destruction. Mr. Feltman announced that the US and Russia had concluded arrangements to extend the nationwide cessation of hostilities to Aleppo, urging all parties to abide immediately and comprehensively by it. Continue reading

DPI Syria Update No 141, 6 April 2016

Special Envoy de Mistura in Moscow ahead of restart of intra-Syrian talks
The Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, travelled to Moscow on 5 April for a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The meeting took place at the Special Envoy’s initiative in order to discuss preparations for the forthcoming resumption of the intra-Syrian talks, which are set to resume in the week of 11 April in Geneva. Speaking to reporters in Geneva, UN Spokesperson Ahmad Fawzi noted that those were proximity talks and that delegations would be arriving at various moments, and the meetings would be held as of the week of 11 April. Continue reading

DPI Syria Update No.135 – 24 February 2016

UN conducts first airdrops of humanitarian aid in Syria
Briefing the Security Council on 24 February, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien announced that the United Nations had carried out its first humanitarian airdrop of 21 tonnes of items in the besieged town of Deir Ezzor. He also told the Council that following the agreements facilitated through discussions in Munich earlier this month, an aid convoy had reached 40,000 people in Madimayet, in rural Damascus. Continue reading

DPI Syria Update No. 133 – 10 February 2016

UN top humanitarian official urges end to all military actions in northern Syria
Amid reports that over 30,000 civilians have been displaced from Aleppo city and other areas in northern Syria by heavy clashes and airstrikes over the past week, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien urged all parties to immediately halt all actions that might result in civilian loss. Continue reading

DPI Syria Update No. 132, 3 February 2016

Special Envoy announces suspension of intra-Syrian talks until 25 February
Five days after the start of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Special Envoy de Mistura announced a temporary pause. Speaking at a press stake out in Geneva on 3 February, the Envoy said that he had decided to bring a temporary pause and had fixed the date of 25 February for the next talks. Continue reading

DPI Syria Update No.129, 13 January 2016

UN Special Envoy meets with five permanent members of Security Council in Geneva
In a statement issued on 13 January, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said he had asked for a meeting with senior officials of the five Permanent Members of the Security Council (“the P5”) to update them on his latest regional travels and the resulting impressions about preparations for the Geneva Talks. During the meeting, Mr. de Mistura drew the P5 senior officials’ attention on “the crucial importance for the people of Syria to see sustained and unimpeded access to a number of besieged areas in the lead-up to the Talks”.  Continue reading

DPI Syria Update No 121- 18 November 2015

Response to terrorism needs to be robust, but within respect for human rights, says Ban Ki-moon
During a press conference at the conclusion of the G20 Summit in Turkey on 15 November, the Secretary-General reiterated his profound condolences to the people of France following the terrorist attacks in Paris. “Terrorism is a threat to all mankind”, he said. The Secretary-General stressed that our response needs to be robust, but always within the rule of law and respect for human rights. Continue reading

DPI Syria Update No.106, 5 August 2015

Secretary-General encouraged by Security Council’s support for latest proposal on Syria
Speaking to the press following his meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on 4 August, the Secretary-General said he was encouraged by the strong support expressed by the Security Council for the proposal presented on 29 July by Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura to establish four thematic groups to operationalize the Geneva communiqué. Continue reading