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Militarisation of Syrian conflict would worsen crisis: India

United Nations, Aug 31: India has asked the international community to send a united message to the Syrian parties to give up their military approach, emphasising that further militarisation of the conflict will make a
PTI August 31, 2012 11:27 IST
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United Nations, Aug 31: India has asked the international community to send a united message to the Syrian parties to give up their military approach, emphasising that further militarisation of the conflict will make a political solution more difficult and worsen the humanitarian crisis.  



Condemning the violence and violations of human rights, India said it is “unfortunate” that neither side to the Syrian conflict has implemented its obligations under former international envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan, which was endorsed by the Security Council.  

“Under the prevailing circumstances in Syria, there is an urgent need for the international community to close its ranks and send a united message to the Syrian parties to walk back from their military approach and resolve the crisis through an inclusive Syrian-led political process.”

Charge d'Affaires in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN Vinay Kumar said at a Security Council briefing on Syria yesterday.  

“There is no other way to bring about a sustained cessation of violence in all its forms by all parties,” Kumar said any further militarisation of the Syrian conflict would not only make a political solution more difficult to reach but also exacerbate the humanitarian crisis.

“Any militarisation of the humanitarian situation will worsen the security situation as well as humanitarian conditions for millions of Syrians, and must, therefore, be avoided,” he added.

“Unfortunately, the Syrian parties, instead of seriously commencing a Syrian-led political process, have pursued a military approach to realise their objectives,” he said.  Since the beginning of the crisis last year in March, the situation in Syria has been steadily deteriorating with nearly 17,000 people killed in the violence.

More than 2.5 million people are in the need of humanitarian assistance, while more than a million are internally displaced and more than 200,000 are refugees. PTI