The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has expressed concern over the US imposition of unilateral sanctions against Syria, emphasizing the importance of a UN-Arab League peace plan.
Members of the major international organization voiced their concern during a ministerial meeting in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh on Thursday.
NAM’s expression of concern comes after 55 people were killed and almost 400 others injured in two massive bomb attacks in the al-Qazzaz district in Damascus earlier in the day.
On Thursday, the United Nations Security Council also urged all sides in Syria to implement a UN-Arab League-backed peace plan brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan “in particular to cease all armed violence.”
A day earlier, a bomb attack, in which six Syrian soldiers were wounded, targeted a Syrian military truck escorting a convoy of UN observers near the southwestern Syrian city of Dara’a. Neither the head of the UN mission, Major General Robert Mood, nor any of the other monitors in the convoy sustained injuries.
A number of UN observers are currently monitoring the ceasefire in Syria, which took effect on April 12.
The ceasefire was part of a six-point peace plan proposed by special envoy Kofi Annan in March.
The NAM is comprised of 120 countries and is an international organization of states considering themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. It represents nearly two-thirds of the UN members.