FILE PICTURE: U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres makes a statement on Syria at U.N. headquarters on the sidelines throughout the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Top at U.N. head office in New york city City, New York City, U.S., September 23,2019 REUTERS/Yana Paskova
UNITED COUNTRIES (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres contacted all celebrations in northeast Syria to work out optimum restraint, his spokesman stated on Monday after the United States began pulling troops back from the location, opening the method for a Turkish strike on Kurdish-led forces long allied to Washington.
” It’s extremely important all celebrations exercise optimal restraint at this time,” U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters.
” The Secretary-General also emphasizes that civilian and civilian facilities requirement to be protected at all times which sustained, unobstructed and safe humanitarian access to civilians in need should be guaranteed,” he stated.
Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Modifying by Chris Reese