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‘Substantive’ talks on new constitution bring hope of forging path out of Syria’s near decade-long conflict

New York: While deep distrust persists among warring parties in Syria, a “faint but real ray of hope” emerged with the convening in Geneva of the Constitutional Committee after a nine-month hiatus, the top UN envoy helping chart a path out of the near decade-long conflict, told the Security Council on Friday.

UN rights chief calls for Turkey to probe violations in northern Syria

New York: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Turkey to launch an immediate independent investigation into violations and abuses committed in parts of north, northwest and northeast Syria, which are under the control of its forces and affiliated armed groups.

Syria constitutional reform talks, hold promise for new social contract

New York: Constitutional reform talks between Syria’s Government and opposition leaders next week in Geneva, offer an opportunity to reconcile differences and establish a social contract with people across the country, who are desperate for progress after more than nine years of war, the Special Envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Renewed trust and cooperation could finally ‘unlock progress’ toward peace in Syria – UN envoy

Renewed trust, confidence, and cooperation between international players and Syrians could finally “unlock progress”, putting the country on a political path towards lasting peace, the UN Special Envoy for Syria told the Security Council on Monday.

As Syrian conflict enters 10th year, ‘brutal truth’ is, there is little protection for families

New York/IBNS: Although a fragile ceasefire agreed in northwest Syria is still holding, UN humanitarians on Friday warned of dire conditions for hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by conflict, now in its tenth year.

War in Syria: 'Carnage', flouting of rights and international law, must stop: Guterres

New York/IBNS: UN agencies have underscored their commitment to continue supporting civilians affected by the war in Syria, which this month enters its tenth year. The Secretary-General issued a statement on Thursday, declaring that "we cannot allow the tenth year to result in the same carnage, the same flouting of human rights and international humanitarian law."

Guterres calls for ‘immediate and lasting’ end to Syria fighting as Turkey and Russia agree ceasefire

New York/IBNS: The UN Secretary-General said on Thursday that he hoped the latest ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey to end fighting across Syria’s stricken Idlib region, would finally lead to “an immediate and lasting cessation”, that would protect civilian lives.

Syria: UN food relief agency ‘doing everything we can’ to reach Idlib civilians

New York/IBNS: Difficult winter weather conditions, road congestion and military manoeuvres are restricting humanitarian aid delivery to desperate civilians in the Syrian province of Idlib, where a Government operation to weed out extremists has uprooted nearly one million people since December.

Syria: UN urges Russia and Turkey to secure ‘fresh ceasefire’ as risk of military escalation grows

New York/IBNS: With the Security Council meeting in emergency session on Syria following the death on the battlefield of dozens of Turkish troops, the UN strongly urged Russia and Turkey on Friday “to build on previous agreements to secure a fresh ceasefire” across the war-torn northwest.

‘Mayhem’ in Syria’s Idlib amid ongoing violence, as Guterres urges immediate ceasefire

New York/IBNS: Rapidly escalating conflict in northwest Syria has created healthcare “mayhem”, amid reports of displaced people moving closer to the Turkish border in search of shelter, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as the UN Secretary-General appealed for all warring parties to "step back from the edge of further escalation."

Syria: ‘Massive waves of civilian displacement and loss of life must stop now’: UN Special Envoy

New York/IBNS: Air and ground strikes in the region of Idlib, northwest Syria, are causing “massive waves of civilian displacement and major loss of civilian life”, causing unacceptable human suffering which must stop now, Geir Pedersen, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told the Security Council on Thursday.

Syrian state television says several journalists wounded near Aleppo

Cairo/Sputnik/UNI: Syrian state television reported on Sunday that several journalists covering Syrian army operations had been wounded in the vicinity of Aleppo.

Security Council beats midnight deadline, renews Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

New York/IBNS: The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the “watered down” measure cut in half the number of crossing points and duration of the authorization.

US-Led coalition drone attack kills Tahrir Al-Sham Commander in Syrian Idlib - Reports

Damascus/Sputnik/UNI: A drone attack in Syria's Idlib province by the US-led international coalition killed Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group (formerly known as the Nusra Front, banned in Russia) commander, Syrian media reported on Tuesday.

Syrian Constitutional Committee a ‘sign of hope’: UN envoy tells Security Council

New York/IBNS: The launch of the Syrian Constitutional Committee could be a “door-opener” to finally providing a solution to the country’s brutal conflict, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen said on Friday in a briefing to the Security Council.