US Ambassador to UN says only answer on Syria’s Idlib is a ‘complete ceasefire’

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The only answer for the United States regarding Syria is a lasting and durable ceasefire, US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft told Al Arabiya English after visiting the Turkish-Syrian border to observe one of the two remaining UN-authorized border crossings.

“I arrived here because Secretary Pompeo and President Trump thought it was most important that an official was actually in Turkey, and to go to the border. We are very supportive from a humanitarian standpoint, and we obviously would like to have a political solution,” Craft said during her interview from Ankara.

“The only answer for us is a complete ceasefire, a durable ceasefire. The humanitarian aid is just a response, but the real answer is a ceasefire,” Craft added.

The recent push by Syrian regime forces to recapture the province of Idlib has forced nearly one million civilians to flee their homes and prompted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to open Turkey's border with Greece to refugees and migrants.

Craft said that she would be going back to the Security Council session meeting on Monday to stress for the vital need to keep the remaining border crossings open for much-needed humanitarian aid.

“I think that the importance, going back to the Security Council, is to start on Monday, stressing before we have the meeting in July for the border crossings, the importance and the fact that also we need to make certain that all of the INGOs are registered so that we can have more access within the country,” Craft said.

When asked about the US message for the Syrian people, as well as the Syrian regime, the US Ambassador to the UN reiterated the Trump administration’s policy that only the Syrians will decide their future and leadership.

“We are not here for regime change. We are here to help the Syrian people where they can then make a decision, and they can make the change with their leadership,” Craft told Al Arabiya English, adding that “enough is enough.”

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