UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Aleppo is now a synonym for hell

The outgoing United Nations Secretary-General said we collectively failed the people of Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Aleppo is now a synonym for hell

Raising his concerns over the war-torn Syria, the outgoing United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on Friday said the war-ravaged Aleppo is now a synonym for hell.

Talking at his last press conference as the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said the international community collectively failed the people of Syria.

“We have collectively failed the people of Syria. Peace will only prevail when it is accompanied by compassion, justice and accountability for the abominable crimes we have seen,” he said.

Earlier, in a fervent plea to the  international community to spare no effort in revive the waning support for the long-sought two-state solution for Middle East peace, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the United Nations Security Council that “ultimately, it is up to the Israelis and the Palestinians to make peace,” and called on the two sides to “rebuild trust in each other.”

“Despite early optimism, attempts at reaching a final resolution failed to make headway and were upended with the eruption of conflict in Gaza in December 2008. Further attempts at peace in 2010 and 2013 were equally eclipsed by renewed hostilities and the summer of 2014 saw the most devastating conflict in Gaza to date,” said Ban, recalling the situation in the region when he assumed office in 2006.

“We are fast approaching a precipice as a direct result of the actions of those seeking to destroy the prospects for peace,” he cautioned.

He also called on the international community to not give up on the right of Palestine to exist, just as it must protect the right of Israel to exist in peace and security with its neighbours.

Ban asked council members to explore the potential of incentives and begin immediately to develop, in consultation with the parties, an agreed framework for advancing a final resolution to this conflict on the basis of direct negotiations.

“For ten years, I pressed Israelis and Palestinians to start believing in a common future, bound by their undeniable historic, religious and national connection to the land. These aspirations have not been fulfilled,” he said.

“Ultimately, it is up to the Israelis and Palestinians to make peace – we cannot do it for them. They must rebuild trust in each other, as the only way to address the fears and suspicions that have led to the deep polarization we see today. At the same time, we all can and must contribute to building trust, so sorely needed in the Middle East and the world today,” Ban said.

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