Databarracks recognised for second consecutiv... » London-based provider Databarracks has been recognised in Gartner’s June 2016 Magic Quadrant for Dis... INSURERS OFFER BETTER DEAL FOR ARMED FORCES PERS... » Armed Forces personnel posted overseas will from today (Saturday 25 June) be able to keep their moto... Qognify wins Government Security News’ 2016 Airpor... » Qognify, formerly NICE Security has announced that it has been awarded three Government Security New... NSI launches Powered Gates Certification Sche... » The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced today the launch of its ground-breaking Power... Royal Engineers present Blesma with a cheque for... » Earlier this month, Blesma’s Chief Executive (and former Royal Engineer) Barry Le Grys, Associate Di... Wireless lock technology opens the door to new a... » Axis Communications will be demonstrating its AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller, alongside ASSA ABL... Celebrating National Women in Engineering Day: Eng... » As a nation, Britain has a knack for producing and harbouring engineering talent. Throughout history... UEFA European Championship apps may violate Brin... » Maidenhead, U.K: With EURO 2016 in full swing, football fans around the world are watching 24 teams ... MBDA and DCI team up in capacity-based training » Paris: Défense Conseil International (DCI) and MBDA France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding... CMI Defence and Ricardo together for the UK ‘Cha... » Belgian weapons systems designer, manufacturer and integrator CMI Defence, and Ricardo UK Ltd, have ...

CLICK HERE TO

Advertise with Vigilance

Got News?

Got news for Vigilance?

Have you got news/articles for us? We welcome news stories and articles from security experts, intelligence analysts, industry players, security correspondents in the main stream media and our numerous readers across the globe.

READ MORE

Defence and Security Strategy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday expressed grave concern over reported air strikes in Syria by the Israeli Air Force, according to a statement from his spokesperson, which stressed that the United Nations does not have details of the reported incidents nor is in a position to independently verify that they took place.

“The Secretary-General calls on all sides to exercise maximum calm and restraint, and to act with a sense of responsibility to prevent an escalation of what is already a devastating and highly dangerous conflict,” Mr. Ban's spokesperson said in the statement."

His spokesperson added: “The Secretary-General urges respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries in the region, and adherence to all relevant Security Council resolutions."

It has been reported that a series of powerful explosions rocked the outskirts of Damascus early yesterday morning, which Syrian state television attributed to Israeli missile attacks on a Syrian military installation, according to media reports.

Mr. Ki-Moon's spokesperson underscored that “at this time, the United Nations does not have details of the reported incidents. Nor is the United Nations in a position to independently verify what has occurred.”

Top UN officials, including Mr. Ki-Moon and his political chief, Jeffrey Feltman, had said on numerous occasions that a political solution is the only answer for long-term in the country and the region.

It is believed that since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, more than 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed and some three million displaced.

Also yesterday, Mr. Ki-moon was said to have spoken on the phone with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Nabil ElAraby. According to the UN spokesperson, the two leaders shared their grave concern about the reported air strikes in Syria and the risks for regional security.

Both agreed that Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson would follow up with Mr. ElAraby on the sidelines of the international conference on Somalia set to begin on 7 July in London.