UN: It is now time to have ‘a real discussion’ to end Syrian conflict
Sept.9, Abuja: The United Nations Special Envoy on Syria said that the images of the drowned Syrian toddler wearing a red shirt and blue shorts lying face down on a Turkish beach should be a wake-up call to the world that “there is no more time for long political processes,” and it is now time to have “a real discussion” to end the conflict.
“I think Aylan has been telling us this – there is no time anymore for long-term conferences and discussions. Now is the time to really look in the eyes of those who are telling us “we have no more hope, we have no more patience,” said Staffan de Mistura, referring to the three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose body washed up on shore last week.
“There is no more time for long political processes, there is a need to create concrete hope for the people in Syria,” Mr. de Mistura told reporters in Brussels, Belgium, where he held discussions with senior European Union officials.
He welcomed discussions on Syria between the United States and Russia, “which is a good sign, but they have not yet come up with a concrete outcome on the main issue of what is going to be the future of the governance of Syria.”
The last few months have been brutal, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement. Fighting has intensified in almost all governorates, with rocket and mortar attacks on Damascus increasing, rising vehicle explosions in major cities and heavy bombardments with ensuing retaliation driving thousands more people from their homes.
Amid the escalating violence, the agency said unemployment is soaring alongside inflation, while the value of the currency plummets – the Syrian pound has lost 90 per cent of its value over the last four years. In most parts of Syria, electricity is available only 2-4 hours a day, if at all, and many regions struggle with water shortages. More than half the population lives in extreme poverty.
The Oslo Times