While many parties have responded positively to the UN chief’s appeal, they stressed that more needs to be done to translate it into action.

“Too many in the Middle East have endured conflict and deprivation for far too long. Their suffering is now compounded by the COVID-19 crisis and its likely long-lasting social, economic and political impacts”, they said.

The envoys represent the Secretary-General in countries that include Syria, Iraq and Yemen, which on Friday confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus disease.

Globally, more than 1.6 million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, and nearly 100,000 deaths.

Engage in good faith

“We call on all parties to engage, in good faith and without preconditions, on negotiating immediate halts to ongoing hostilities, sustaining existing ceasefires, putting in place

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