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Syria: there is no military solution to the conflict

Kofi Annan: Security Council has moral responsibility to find common ground after chemical attack

In a statement on behalf of The Elders, Kofi Annan deplores the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria and urges revitalised efforts to bring about a political solution.

"The Elders are appalled by the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria. We strongly condemn the use of such weapons as inhumane and criminal. Those responsible must be held accountable – both individually and collectively.

"UN inspectors are working actively to determine the facts and report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. We urge all Member States to await the report of the UN inspectors on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the deliberations of the UN Security Council before drawing conclusions and deciding on the course of action.

"The Syrian conflict has raged for two and a half years with over 100,000 people killed, many thousands injured, 2 million refugees and over 4 million people internally displaced within Syria.

"There is no military solution to this conflict. Therefore every effort must be made to stop further bloodshed and to re-energise the political process to put an end to the conflict that has devastated and brutalised Syria.

"The horror of this attack should bring the international community together with renewed determination to secure an urgent solution to the conflict in accordance with accepted principles of international law and justice.

"The Security Council has a moral responsibility to find common ground, putting the well-being of the Syrian people at the forefront of its decisions, in order to end the violence and achieve a peaceful settlement based on an inclusive political process."

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