Middle East, world cannot 'afford more war,' U.N. secretary-general says

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During opening remarks at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Sunday, Secretary-General António Guterres said that "it's time to step back from the brink."

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ANTÓNIO GUTERRES: Madam President, it's time to step back from the brink. It's vital to avoid any action that could lead to major military confrontations on multiple fronts in the Middle East. Civilians are already bearing the brunt and paying the highest price. And we have a shared responsibility to actively engage all parties concerned to prevent further escalation.

As the Friendly Relations Declaration of 1970 states, acts of reprisal involving the use of force are barred under international law. We have a shared responsibility to secure an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid.

We have a shared responsibility to stop violence in the occupied West Bank, de-escalate the situation along the Blue Line, and re-establish safe navigation in the Red Sea. We have a shared responsibility to work for peace. Regional and, indeed, global peace and security are being undermined by the hour. Neither the region, nor the world can afford more war. Thank you.