[14 February 2017] Amid rising ceasefire violations, Syrian civil society are calling on the United Nations Secretary-General to lead an impartial Syrian ceasefire monitoring mechanism that will pave the way for a credible political process in Geneva.
In a 13 February letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, 37 Syrian civil society organizations and humanitarian aid groups demanded UN-led monitoring of the ceasefire, with impartial observers on the ground.
“Only the United Nations has the credibility needed to impartially and accurately monitor our nation’s ceasefire. Both Russia and Iran are clear parties to the conflict and can neither monitor nor enforce the ceasefire with any credibility. If Syria’s ceasefire is to hold and thereby serve as the basis for credible political negotiations in Geneva, then it is the United Nations that must lead an independent monitoring mechanism.”
“We Syrians know that if we are to see a peaceful end to the Syrian crisis, we need your leadership in securing a sustainable ceasefire and a credible political process leading to a democratic Syria. We cannot allow parties to the conflict to fill the vacuum and steer us away from a Syrian-led solution to the Syrian crisis.”