United Nations special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said the Syrian conflict is “getting worse” and has ramifications for the “entire world” as government forces and rebels battled across the country.
The crisis “is getting worse and has serious consequences on the Syrian people, the region and the entire world,” Brahimi, who spoke at a televised news conference, said after a meeting with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus yesterday. “This crisis is becoming worse by the day and it is terribly important and urgent to address it in a proper manner.”
International efforts to end the 18-month conflict have failed to stop the violence, which the opposition U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims has killed more than 26,000 people. Brahimi, who succeeded Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general who ended his mission last month without making any progress on resolving the crisis, told reporters he had “no plan” now to solve the conflict.
“We, however, will set the plan that we will follow after listening to all internal, regional and international parties,” he said in an e-mailed statement with his comments yesterday. This may “manage to open channels towards ending the crisis.”
As Brahimi held talks with the government, representatives of the opposition and civil society, fighting raged across the country. Syrian government forces killed 148 people across the country yesterday, Al Jazeera television reporter, citing the Syrian Network for Human Rights.
Nine government personnel died in the fighting, the opposition Syrian Observatory said in an e-mailed statement. In Aleppo, the country’s largest city, Assad’s forces used attack helicopters against rebel-held neighborhoods and a large number of regime forces tried to storm the Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood in the capital, the group said on its Facebook page. Clashes also took place in other cities, including Homs and Hama, it said.