Vietnam calls for unity of int’l community in supporting Syria

Friday, 2021-01-22 11:03:42
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam calls for the international community’s unity in supporting war-battered Syria, Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the Vietnamese mission to the UN, told a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on January 20.

During the UNSC open video teleconference on “the situation in the Middle East,” Geir Pedersen, Special Envoy for Syria announced that the Constitutional Committee of Syria will convene during the fifth round of talks in Geneva, Switzerland from January 25-29, aiming to discuss basic principles of the constitution.

He urged concerned parties in Syria to take confidence-building steps, and hereby accelerate the political process in the country.

Pedersen said Syria is experiencing the calmest period of its conflict over the last 10 months. “But this is a fragile calm. It could break down at any moment,” he added, citing an abrupt escalation of violence in several parts of the country. He later called on parties to the conflict in Syria to strengthen dialogue to seek a solution for the crisis.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock described the deteriorating situation in Syria with soaring prices of food, saying last month, monitoring by the World Food Programme showed food prices increasing again, by 13% compared with November, and by 236 percent compared with December 2019.

He voiced his concern over the spike in COVID-19 cases in Syria while testing remains to limited, and that 45% of households have lost one or more sources of income over the previous months because of restrictions related to COVID-19.