The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warning the Security Council's five permanent members against leaving the situation in Syria "spiraling out of control," AFP reported.
His comments follow the Council's failure to agree on a response to a chemical attack in Syria's rebel-held Douma on Saturday that has triggered global fury.
"I have also been closely following developments in the Security Council and regret that the Council has so far been unable to reach agreement on this issue," Guterres said in a statement, referring to the permanent members-- the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain.
"Today, I called the Ambassadors of the five Permanent Members of the Security Council to reiterate my deep concern about the risks of the current impasse and stressed the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control," the UN chief said.
"Let us not forget that, ultimately, our efforts must be about ending the terrible suffering of the Syrian people."