Real peace in Syria needs to be owned by Syrians - UN envoy


Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria Geir Pedersen on Thursday stressed that a real peace process in Syria needs to be owned by the Syrians for it to be sustainable. Briefing the UN Security Council for the first time in his present capacity, he demanded compliance with international law and stressing a need to protect civilians, ensure unfettered humanitarian access and cease hostilities. Pedersen noted that, in recent meetings, he reminded all parties of the provisions of resolution 2254 (2015) on elements required for a political solution.