Syrians urged to shift from "mindset of confrontation" to dialogue

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Lt. General Babacar Gaye, head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, speaks to the press in Damascus.

The head of United Nations military observers in Syria has called for a shift from what he calls "a mindset of confrontation and militarization to a mindset of dialogue."

Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye spoke to reporters in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Monday after his first field visit to Homs and ar-Rastan as the Head of the UN Supervision Mission on Sunday.

Lt. General Gaye said that in Homs he personally witnessed heavy shelling from artillery and mortars in the neighbourhoods of the city.

He expressed concern about the ongoing violence from both sides in Aleppo city.

"I call on the Parties, again as stated by the Joint Special Envoy, to exercise restraint and avoid further bloodshed. It is imperative that both sides respect international humanitarian law and protect civilians. I feel that there is a need to shift from this mindset of confrontation and militarization to a mindset of dialogue first of all at the local level and then soon the national dialogue that has been promoted by the six-point plan. "

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The six-point plan was launched by the joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, early this year to resolve the conflict in the country.

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