We have just heard a devastating report form the UN Secretariat on the horrific situation in Syria, which is continuing to deteriorate. Military offensives against civilians are continuing. The regime is continuing to use massive and totally disproportionate force in violation of international law. Two thousand people have been killed, 3,000 have disappeared, 13,000 are being detained and tens of thousands of civilians have been forced to leave their homes and their lands. Nearly 8,000 Syrians are still in refugee camps in Turkey.
At the same time, neither the UN, humanitarian organizations, the media nor NGOs have access to the cities in question. Neither is there cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The presidential statement we adopted last week was a very important step, a turning point. It sent a united, very clear message to the Syrian regime: that the violence must cease immediately, that human rights violations must cease immediately, that reforms must be implemented and humanitarian access must be restored.
Today we reaffirm the need for the Syrian regime to respond immediately to these calls by the Council and by the international community as a whole.
If the Syrian regime continues to ignore these demands by the international community, which are not simply Security Council demands but are increasingly and more and more urgently coming from the countries of the region, we must consider ways of stepping up pressure on the Syrian regime to ensure that it responds to the international community’s ever more insistent calls.