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Note to correspondents – in response to questions on the humanitarian truce announced by forces in northeast Syria

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We welcome the statement by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on 24 March expressing support for the Secretary-General's appeal for an immediate global ceasefire to facilitate the global response to COVID-19, and announcing the SDF’s commitment to avoid engaging in military action. The Secretary-General calls on other parties to the Syrian conflict to support his appeal.

The UN, as Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen announced on Tuesday, is calling for a complete and immediate nationwide ceasefire throughout Syria, in line with resolution 2254, to enable an all-out effort to suppress COVID-19. To implement that ceasefire, the Special Envoy has emphasized his readiness to work with all relevant players on the ground, as well as with key countries who can support a scaling-up of action to respond to COVID-19 and ensure that the ceasefire holds.