The conflict in Syria has started to resemble the sectarian war in Bosnia as the country edges toward collapse, Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
“It is looking more like Bosnia in the 1990s, being on the edge of a sectarian conflict in which neighboring villages are attacking and killing each other,” Hague told Britain’s Sky News yesterday. “It is not so much like Libya last year, where of course we had a successful intervention to save lives.”
The international community remains reluctant to use force in Syria, where the United Nations estimates more than 10,000 people have been killed. Russia has cited the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s military intervention in Libya as an example of what is sees as the abuse of UN resolutions to bring about a change of government. President Bashar al-Assad has repeatedly blamed the violence on terrorists and foreign forces seeking to undermine the state.
Syrian security forces killed nine people today, Al Arabiya television reported. Fifty-three people were slain by Syrian security forces yesterday, the Local Coordination Committees, an activist group, said on its website.
“International unity” is the only way to end the violence, Hague said.
In the 1990s, U.S., U.K. and French troops were part of a NATO force that intervened to end the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina, scene of the greatest carnage in the Balkan wars. The bloodshed in Bosnia was the worst in Europe since World War II and included the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995.