(BRUSSELS2) The violence in Houla aroused “strong condemnation” today from the members of the Security Council meeting in emergency. “Members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the killings, confirmed by United Nations observers, of dozens of men, women and children and injuring hundreds more in the village. of El-Houleh, near Homs, in attacks by government forces with artillery and tanks on a residential area. Members of the Security Council also condemned the killing of civilians by point-blank fire and by ill-treatment”.
The Syrian government implicated
Such outrageous use of force against the civilian population constitutes " a violation of applicable international law and of the Syrian government's commitments under Security Council resolutions 2042 and 2043 ". The Security Council has requested the “cessation of all forms of violence in all its forms by all parties” and the prosecution of the " responsible for acts of violence ". The Misnus (United Nations Monitoring Mission in Syria) was tasked with to continue to investigate these attacks ". The Security Council also demands Syrian government (to) immediately cease the use of heavy weapons in inhabited neighborhoods and to immediately withdraw its troops and heavy weapons (so that they) return to their barracks. »
In the process, the Security Council "reaffirmed (its) firm attachment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria" and its " full support for the efforts of the Joint Special Envoy to implement his six-point plan in full ". He asked her to convey " in the clearest terms to the Syrian parties, and in particular the Syrian Government, the demands of the Security Council”.