A negotiated political process the only option for peace in Syria: BrahimiListen /
The only option everyone should opt for or work for to bring about peace in Syria is a negotiated political process. That view was expressed Friday by the Joint Special representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. He told a meeting of the General Assembly that it is only here – the United Nations, and, in particular, its Security Council that a credible, implementable process can be put together.
"Any peace process must include, necessarily, a binding agreement on the cessation of all forms of violence. As I said earlier, there is no trust between the parties, and for fighting to stop a strong, well planned observation system must be put in place; such observation can best be organized through a large, robust Peacekeeping Force – and, naturally, that cannot be envisaged without a Security Council Resolution."
Mr. Brahimi suggested that many, perhaps most, of the building blocks for a political process to end the crisis in Syria already exist in the Final Communiqué of the Action Group for Syria, which met in Geneva on 30 June this year.
He said this is a time of historic change in the Middle East. And we should look for ways to work together, to focus on collective interests, to end this tragedy and make this instead a time of historic opportunity for Syria.
Donn Bobb, United Nations