UN Swedish Meeting Draws Syrian Roadmap

Published April 23rd, 2018 - 07:01 GMT
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (AFP/File Photo)
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (AFP/File Photo)

Ambassadors of United Nations Security Council member states meeting in Sweden on Sunday agreed on a roadmap for Syria’s political, humanitarian and chemical paths, a diplomat said on Sunday.

The member states’ discussions too place during their retreat in a remote farmhouse in Backakra on the southern tip of Sweden.

The principle agreement came one day following Swedish-backed “extensive talks” held by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres with Security Council member states and their capitals.

The source said that the Backakra retreat sought to find “a new spirit for the international cooperation,” based on building hope, and a new dynamic for the political operation in Syria.

The farmhouse in Sweden is the summer residence of Dag Hammarskjold, the second U.N. secretary general who died in a plane crash in Africa in 1961.

Meanwhile, Palestinian sources informed about fighting in the Yarmouk camp south of Damascus, said 6,000 civilians “are trapped under fighting and shelling between Syrian regime forces and ISIS militants” inside the camp.



An official from the camp, Ayman Abu Hashem said that 6,000 Palestinian refugees have sought refuge in safe areas in the Yarmouk camp.

“Those safe areas constitute only 30 percent of the camp’s size,” he said.

Syrian forces continued for the fourth day on Sunday their offensive around the camp, an area two miles from central Damascus, as part of efforts to clear the remaining ISIS pockets south of the capital.

Separately, Turkey warned France against bolstering its military presence in Manbij.

In an interview with the private NTV television on Saturday, Turkish President Recep TayyipErdogan said France seeks to send its forces to the northern Syrian city, adding that Ankara could not accept this proposal.

He hoped Paris would not take such steps in Syria to avoid regretting it later.


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