File photo taken on Oct. 2, 2017 shows a damaged room of a police station that was targeted by suicide bombings in Midan neighborhood in Damascus. (Xinhua/Ammar Safarjalani)
UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Monday called for progress in the UN-brokered Geneva talks between the Syrian government and the opposition.
"The members of the Security Council look forward to a new round of talks that will start tomorrow (Tuesday) in Geneva," Sebastiano Cardi, president of the Security Council, told reporters after the council held closed-door consultations on Syria following an open meeting.
The council members urged all Syrian parties to participate actively and with no preconditions in the Geneva political process and to support efforts to ensure its success, said Cardi, the Italian ambassador to the United Nations.
The council reiterated that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict and confirmed that a political solution must be forged through the Geneva process, he said. They also stressed respect for Syria's sovereignty, unity, independence and territorial integrity.
The Syrian opposition has formed a unified group for Geneva talks following negotiations among them in Riyadh, while the Syrian government has not confirmed its attendance at the new round of Geneva talks.
"The meeting will start tomorrow and we really hope that all parties, including the Syrian government, will be present," said Cardi.