Let me add a few points in my national capacity on the political situation in Syria.
As we have just heard from Special Envoy Pedersen – whom I thank for his presentation – Security Council Resolution 2254 remains relevant today. The dynamics currently at work in the region should benefit, first and foremost, the Special Envoy in order to achieve a political solution that ensures peace and security in the country and in the region, in accordance with the criteria defined in resolution 2254. Switzerland supports the efforts of the Special Envoy in this regard. It also remains ready to host all talks and initiatives in Geneva aimed at promoting a lasting peace in Syria.
After more than 12 years of conflict and numerous violations of the human rights of Syrians, it is essential to enforce a ceasefire at the national level. In all regions of the country, the suffering of the population, in particular children, is exacerbated by the continuation and sometimes the resurgence of hostilities. In this respect, Switzerland calls on the members of this Council to remain united in their plea for de-escalation.
There can be no lasting peace without justice. In the face of serious violations of international law, Switzerland wishes to reiterate its full support for the Human Rights Council's Commission of Inquiry and for the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism, whose work is fundamental in the fight against impunity.
The commitment of all components of Syrian society is also necessary to advance peace. In accordance with Resolution 2254, Switzerland once again stresses the importance of full, equal and meaningful participation of Syrian women in decisions that affect their future, their needs and their aspirations. This includes their involvement in political processes and in all efforts to resolve the conflict. In this regard, it is essential that Syrian women be free from any fear of discrimination or gender-based violence.