"Guns cannot be the solution" in Syria says deputy joint envoyListen /
A militarization of the conflict in Syria will bring enormous suffering to the country.
The warning has come from Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the Deputy Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League on the Syrian crisis.
Following a briefing to the UN Security Council on Wednesday, Mr. Guehenno said that after 15 months of violence, only very strong signals will have an impact on efforts to resolve the conflict.
"The Government of Syria needs to take steps to convince I would say not only the international community, but more importantly the Syrian people, that it is ready for a new course. This needs to be demonstrated through concrete and significant gestures – on the cessation of violence, of course, but also on detainees and humanitarian access. Most importantly, all Syrians must convince themselves that guns cannot be the solution."
Mr. Guéhenno said that only political negotiations, as envisaged in the six-point plan of Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan can restore genuine peace and stability to Syria.