UNITED NATIONS, November 1 (RIA Novosti) — After the deadly bombing in Syria of an internally displaced persons camp near Idlib, the UN Security Council on Friday unanimously agreed to a Press Statement, expressing outrage, and support for the Geneva Process.
The Security Council's members “expressed their deep concern at the continued high level of violence in Syria and condemned all violence directed against civilians. They expressed outrage at all attacks against civilians, as well as indiscriminate attacks, including those involving shelling and aerial bombardment, such as the use of barrel bombs, which were reportedly dropped on a displaced persons camp in Idlib governorate on October 29, leaving many dead and injured, including children”.
The attack was against civilians, and in their statement the members of the Security Council “recalled that all obligations under international humanitarian law must be respected in all circumstances. They recalled, in particular, the obligation to distinguish between civilian populations and combatants, and the prohibition against indiscriminate attacks, and attacks against civilians and civilian objects. The Members of the Security Council reiterated their call on all parties to immediately implement in full the provisions of Security Council resolutions 2139 and 2165, and of the Presidential Statement of October 2, 2013”.
Returning to the political process, on which they heard from the UN Special Envoy Staffan De Mistura on October 30, the members of the Security Council on Friday “reiterated that the only sustainable solution to the current crisis in Syria is through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process with a view to full implementation of the Geneva Communiqué of 30 June 2012”.
Peaceful protests began in Syria in March 2011 and quickly descended into all-out fighting between government forces, rebels and jihadists, some of them linked to al-Qaeda. The ongoing civil war has already claimed more than 200,000 lives and forced as many as 3 million to flee their homes.