On Syria: Back to Diplomacy

Message by Dr Kerim

If there is a place that epitomizes all the challenges humanity is confronted with today, be it terrosim, be it migration, be it poverty, be it social exculsion or violation of human rights it would be Syria.

Since March 2011, Syria has witnessed the worst human and social loss in its modern history. The armed conflict brought major disruptions in the development of the country and simultaneously triggered the rapid growth of extremism, brutal violence and intolerance in the region.

Moreover, the conflict substantially increased the number of people living in poverty, especially in the conflict areas, forcing more than four million to find refuge outside the country, making it the largest movement of refugees since World War II.

The unanimous adoption of the UN Security Council resolution 2254 (2015) calling for a ceasefire or ending the war in Syria and setting a time table for UN-facilitated peace talks, as well as resolution 2253 (2015), addressing the threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts (co-sponsored by the government of Syria) embrace the effort of the international community in resolving the Syrian conflict and endorse the determination to contain global terrorism. 

The diplomatic road map, as an integral part of the resolution on Syria produced after the three rounds of talks of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) pursuing the 2012 Geneva Communiqué’s implementation, confirms the notion that effective multilateralism is only possible by development of comprehensive peace strategies and fostering robust diplomatic processes. 

Diplomatic dialogue has once more proved to be the best remedy to break the negative cycle of fear, mistrust and hostility, which are unceasingly building up during a time of conflict. And the UN umbrella is the appropriate framework in such cases.

21 December 2015

UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata