UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015)
Security Council resolution 2254 (2015) takes a comprehensive view on the issues that need to be addressed to end the Syrian conflict and bring stability and genuine peace.
The resolution begins by affirming commitment to the sovereignty, unity, independence and territorial integrity of Syria and provides a roadmap for a truly Syrian-led and -owned political process that is facilitated by the UN in Geneva. A real peace process in Syria needs to be owned by the Syrians – including with the meaningful participation of Syrian women - for it to be sustainable. It addresses the issues of governance, the constitutional process, and UN-supervised elections within that context.
Resolution 2254 further demands compliance with international law, stresses protection of civilians and unfettered humanitarian access, a nationwide ceasefire that is linked to the political process, addressing terrorism, implementing confidence-building measures, safe and voluntary refugee returns, and releasing arbitrarily detained persons. These are the means by which the Syrians, and no one else, should determine their future.