United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
September 27, 2017
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a UN Security Council meeting on Syria this afternoon. Ambassador Haley highlighted the success of last week’s high-level meeting to address humanitarian needs in Syria, but cautioned Member States against complacency.
“Although there has been some lessening of the violence in Syria, this is no time to become complacent. If the Syrian people don’t see a political process working in parallel with our de-escalation efforts, the violence will resume. Any gains against ISIS will only be temporary. Any agreements on paper in Astana will not succeed. The Syrian people will remain vulnerable and at odds with each other without a political process in which they and the regime can participate in good faith. And yet the Syrian regime refuses to come to the table in good faith.”
“The United States is committed to finding a solution in Syria. We must increase humanitarian access to besieged and suffering communities. We must hold the regime accountable for denying the assistance. But the only lasting solution in Syria – the only way to end the violence and defeat terrorism – is through a political transition, one that does not allow Iranian influence to replace ISIS or Assad in power. If the civil war continues, more people will suffer. And our gains against ISIS will only open the door to other extremists seeking to exploit the conflict. All of those who have answered the call of human tragedy in Syria have our thanks and our respect. But we must not – and we will not – forget what is needed to truly solve this crisis: a real political process through which the Syrian people gain the ability to ensure their own safety and determine their own future.”