Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit welcomed on Sunday the UN Security Council
resolution to cease fire in Syria for 30 days to let in humanitarian assistance
to besieged areas.
In a statement, Abul Gheit underlined the importance of respecting international legitimacy resolutions, hoping this step would be followed by a permanent ceasefire that would help reach a political settlement to the Syrian crisis.
The Syrian crisis will not be solved unless through an overall political process that is sponsored by the UN, Abul Gheit said, warning that the excessive use of force will further complicate the already-deteriorating situation, Mahmoud Afifi, spokesman for the Arab League chief, said.
He urged the international community and humanitarian organizations to immediately act to save Syrians trapped in besieged areas, especially those of Eastern Ghouta.
He lauded diplomatic Arab efforts that were behind the UN ceasefire resolution.
According to the UN, nearly 400,000 civilians are trapped in the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, the latest battleground in a series of bloody rebel defeats in Syria’s cities.
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