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UN Secretary General warns about risk of situation in Syrian running out of control

April 12, 2018, 3:16 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS

Antonio Guterres urged to not forget that efforts must be about ending the terrible suffering of the Syrian people

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

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UNITED NATIONS, April 12. /TASS/. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement on Wednesday the situation around Syria runs the risk of getting out of control and called to spare no effort to avoid it.

"Yesterday, I expressed my outrage at the reports of continued use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic. 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," he said.

"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," he underscored. "Let us not forget that, ultimately, our efforts must be about ending the terrible suffering of the Syrian people."

Some non-governmental organizations, including White Helmets, claim that chemical weapons were used in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on April 7. According to the statement uploaded to the organization’s website on April 8, chlorine bombs were dropped on the city to kill dozens and poison other local civilians who had to be brought to hospital.

The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed that as fake news. The Russian Defense Ministry stated that White Helmets were an unreliable source, notorious for disseminating falsehoods. The Russian center for the reconciliation of conflicting parties on April 9 examined Douma to find no traces of chemical weapons. Earlier, various official Russian agencies repeatedly warned that preparations had been underway in different parts of Syria for provocations and simulations of chemical attacks that would be blamed on government forces.

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