Syria war a chronicle of missed opportunities: Pinheiro

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Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Syria is in free-fall. That's the assessment of Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

He told the UN General Assembly on Monday that the relentless shelling has killed thousands of civilians and displaced the populations of entire towns. An untold number of men and women have disappeared while passing through the ubiquitous checkpoints.

According to Mr. Pinheiro, the war remains deadlocked as both sides labour under the illusion that a military victory is possible.

“This war is a chronicle of missed opportunities on the part of influential states and the international community. I repeat the view I expressed as the war began. There is no military solution to this conflict….. Those who supply arms to the various warring parties are not creating the ground for victory but rather the illusion of victory. This is a dangerous and irresponsible illusion as it allows the war to unfurl endlessly before us.”

Mr. Pinheiro says that as the conflict extends, it opens the door to further immense human suffering and the possible conflagration of an entire region.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’10″

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