The United Nations special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, insisted on Wednesday that a ceasefire was needed in the country to give its “war-weary” citizens access to the equipment and resources they need to fight to deal with the coronavirus.
“We cannot afford the hostilities that would certainly lead to a further increase in vulnerable communities,” Pedersen said at a UN Security Council meeting. “We couldn’t afford this scenario before the pandemic. The price could be higher now,” he added.
In this context, Pedersen has offered to work with all parties involved in the conflict and with all countries that influence it.
As he emphasized, working together to remain calm and broaden the response to the pandemic is “the only responsible way”. “There is no military solution to the Syrian crisis,” he said.