The Icelandic Government issued a statement on Tuesday outlining its full support for efforts to strengthen the international response to the Syrian crisis.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
A draft resolution has been proposed by the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Portugal, and Germany, and is currently under consideration by members of the United Nations Security Council.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Össur Skarphéðinsson, reiterated his “condemnation of the Syrian authorities and armed militias linked to the Syrian Government for their repeated attacks on civilians. The atrocities committed by the Syrian regime are in violation with international humanitarian law and previous UN Security Council resolutions. All violence in Syria must end, whoever is responsible,” a press release states.
“Iceland calls upon all members of the UN Security Council to unite behind the draft resolution put forward by the five states, threatening sanctions if the Syrian Government does not within ten days cease the use of heavy weapons and withdraw from population centers. Iceland supports Kofi Annan’s continued efforts to seek peaceful resolution to the conflict and the outcome of the June 30 meeting of the Action Group for Syria,” the statement continues.