The United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang once again accused the Assad regime of "using explosive barrel bombings against civilians in Syria", the Anadolu Agency reported. The UN official, who spoke to members of the UN Security Council yesterday during a briefing on the situation in the country, said: "Although the UN Security Council Resolution 2139 calls for an end to the indiscriminate employment of weapons, the Syrian…
US President Barack Obama discussed the situation in Syria with King Salman bin Abdul Aziz during Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia yesterday to pay respects to the Saudi king. They also discussed the joint efforts to combat terrorism and extremism in all its forms and the situation in the region, and also the importance of working to restore security and stability in the region. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)  
State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki described Assad’s remarks as “delusions” after the interview with the Foreign Affairs magazine, stressing that these “delusions that Assad presents here only reaffirm our – reinforce our firm belief that he no – he long ago lost all legitimacy and must go. There can never be a stable, inclusive Syria under his leadership.” She also said that “our position [on Assad] hasn’t changed. Some of…
In an interview with the Washington Post newspaper, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that “our position [on Syria] is that we need to have an integrated strategy for the future of Syria. If we eliminate ISIS without such a strategy, another terrorist organization will emerge. In a potential crisis, if you don’t take necessary measures at the early stage, at a later stage you face much bigger problems. Yes,…
The UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, pointed to the need to reach a political solution in Syria this year during closed meetings held yesterday in Davos. He calls on the international community to take a firm stance, stressing that “new peace talks cannot be held in early 2015 as the country we want to save will be non-existent." “The size destruction is enormous, and Syria cannot take…
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