UN: violence escalating in Syria, rebels must not be armed

Conflict has become ethnic, politics only viable solution

20 December, 11:45

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 20 - "The war in Syria has brought untold destruction and suffering to civilians. Warring parties have become increasingly violent and unpredictable and they increasingly flout international laws. The only way to stop the conflict is via a political solution and by not giving weapons", a UN commission inquiry into Syria has found. The inquiry continued: "the conflict in Syria, which is nearing the end of its second year, has become increasingly divided along ethnic lines between Alawites and Sunnis, with other ethnic minorities forced to take up arms to defend themselves, and with many fighters coming from other countries".

The latest report from the inquiry covers the period from 28 September - 16 December 2012 and was compiled without entering the country from more than 1,200 witness and victim statements.

"A military solution to the conflict in Syria doesn't exist and it won't end with the continued use of arms", president of the commission inquiry Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said.(ANSAmed).

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