UNITED NATIONS, Oct 15 (KUNA) -- Under Secretary-General for Political
Affairs on Monday said the conflict in Syria has resulted in the death of over
30,000 people, stressing that even if the war was won militarily, it would
unlikely meet the Syrian people's aspirations.
"The conflict in Syria, has reached new and appalling heights of brutality
and violence. Available estimates, which the UN is not in a position to
verify, put the number of people killed at over 30,000," Feltman told the
Security Council during its monthly meeting on the situation in the Middle
After all the killing and destruction, he said, "it is plain to see that
this conflict cannot be won military - and if it were, it would be at an
excruciating cost unlikely to lead to a lasting solution that respects the
will of the Syrian people."
He expressed regret that the "voices of the peaceful protests that emerged
so proudly last year have receded in the tremor of fighting."
For a ceasefire to succeed, he noted, "this must be a collective effort by
all inside Syria, in the region and beyond, All governments should desist from
supplying arms and military assistance to any party to the conflict, some of
which may violate UN Security Council 1747," in an indirect reference to Iran
supplying weapons to Damascus. (end)
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