- Momentum building for the global ceasefire initiative. But I think war with Iran ie. Greater Middle East war will start first before the Covenant of 7 years is agreed. The current time period for ceasefire appears to be set at 3 months. Things are fluid and may change at a moment notice.
- United States Reaffirms Its Support for the UN Secretary-General’s Call for a Global Ceasefire
Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Syria (via VTC)
Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet
Acting Deputy Permanent Representative
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
April 29, 2020
Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you Special Representative Geir for your continued work on this important file and for your briefing today. It’s good to see you here today and I hope you’re staying safe and healthy in these challenging times.
Today, the United States reaffirms its support for the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire. We agree wholeheartedly with Special Envoy Pedersen that there should be a complete and immediate nationwide ceasefire in Syria. This kind of ceasefire is necessary to enable an all-out effort to suppress the spread of COVID-19 among some of the most vulnerable people in the world. The spread of COVID-19, especially in northwest and northeast Syria, only increases the urgency of securing a sustained ceasefire to ensure effective responses.
While we note that the so-called “Astana Guarantors” had held a teleconference last week to discuss the peace process in Syria, we firmly believe it is the United Nations that must be at the center of any effort to establish a comprehensive, enduring, and verifiable nationwide ceasefire. Special Envoy Pedersen has the authority to monitor existing lines of contact to ensure that ceasefire agreements are honored, and it is the UN’s responsibility to advance stability in Syria – with the aim of achieving a political solution in line with Resolution 2254. This Council should do everything in its power to support the UN in this endeavor.