DUSHANBE, September 15. /TASS/. Foreign Minister of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states are urging the international community to consolidate efforts to achieve a rapid settlement of the Syrian conflict, reads a statement on collective efforts to resolve crises in the Middle East and North Africa signed on Wednesday following a meeting of the CSTO foreign ministers.
"Unilateral economic sanctions exacerbate the suffering of the Syrian people, especially in light of the continuing novel coronavirus pandemic. [The foreign ministers] are calling on the international community to consolidate peaceful efforts to achieve the quickest settlement of the Syrian conflict, especially through supporting the Astana peace process and the work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva," the document reads.
The ministers also highlighted their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity. "[The ministers] are convinced that the Syrian conflict cannot be resolved militarily and reaffirm their support to the political process that is led by Syrians themselves with the UN help in accordance with the UNSC Resolution 2254," the statement reads.