UN Chief Urges Immediate Int'l Talks on Syria
- August, 09, 2013 - 13:55
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon asked for another round of Geneva conference on Syria in a bid to bring the Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition coalition to negotiation table.
Ban Ki-moon made the request during his Thursday night meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in New York in which the two sides exchanged views on the foreign-intrigued dreadful military conflict that has plagued Syria for over two years now.
During the talks, Ban underscored the need to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria, according to UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky.
Lavrov and Ban also discussed other important developments in the Middle East.
The UN chief Ban Ki-moon had also earlier on July 28 announced that the continuing conflict in Syria has claimed over 100 thousand lives.
“The conflict is now continuing for almost two-and-a-half years. More than 100,000 people have been killed. Millions of people have either been displaced or become refugees in neighboring countries. We have to bring this to an end,” Ban said at the UN Headquarters in New York at the time.
The UN chief was making the comments in the UN headquarters alongside US Secretary of State John Kerry.