The President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Vuk Jeremic, on Thursday, called upon Member States to push for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria by supporting efforts to bring all parties to the negotiating table, at a proposed conference in Geneva.
"What happens in Syria in the weeks ahead will profoundly bear upon the security and well-being of the entire region of the Middle East, and possibly the whole world," Jeremic said.
"All our endeavours must be put in the service of bringing about the immediate unconditional cessation of hostilities, and inducing the conflicting parties to engage in dialogue."
The UNGA President said, he believed the only way to end the bloodshed in Syria is through political dialogue. It can only be achieved when all relevant stakeholders participate in the proposed international peace conference on Syria (Geneva II).
He said, the goal of the conference will be to achieve a political solution to the conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the Syrian Government and the opposition. It must seek to bring about the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué of Jun 30, 2012.
"I strongly urge Member States to act in furtherance of this goal. Continued militarization would only deepen the suffering of the people of Syria, and cause further radicalization of the conflict," Jeremic said.
With regard to use of chemical agents in Syria, the UNGA President said, if allegations are proven to be true, Member States should unite to develop an appropriate response, respecting international law and the central role of the Security Council under the UN Charter.
Meanwhile, the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, is working with other senior diplomats to ensure the Geneva Conference is fruitful.
Brahimi met with United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday. The U.N. news release said, Kerry reiterated his commitment to the conference.
"We hope that once they have done what they have to do with the Russians on this chemical issue, we will start talking again about Geneva," Mr. Brahimi is reported to have told media persons.
Meanwhile, analysis of the biomedical and environmental samples taken by the UN chemical weapons inspection team from the site of the alleged 21 August attack in the Ghouta is currently being done in four European laboratories.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, scientists are working "around the clock" to ensure a rapid result but one that also respects the highest professional standards and without compromising its integrity.
Results of the analyses will be shared with Ban, who will then share them with the 15-member Security Council and all 193 Member States, the news release said.
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