It is unfortunate that there seems to be no solution of the Syrian crisis in sight. The 18-month long crisis has cost lives of more than 25,000 innocent civilians, according to the human rights activists working in the volatile country. The world powers also appear divided on how to oust President Bashar al-Assad and unite the badly fragmented opposition under one banner. France has suggested setting up a no-fly zone to keep a check on security forces loyal to the regime, but the world powers, including the United States, have not responded to the offer.
United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon urged the Syrian prime minister during the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran to stop violence against civilians. He also urged the prime minister to stop using heavy weapons against pro-democracy people and rather initiate a process of dialogue with opposition forces. Ban Ki-moon said the Syrian government is responsible for attacks against civilians and violence can be stopped if the government forces stop pounding on the rebels based in different cities of the violence-wracked country. The secretary general also called on the opposition forces to stop fighting with the security forces and initiate a process of dialogue to restore peace and normalcy in the country.
However, everybody knows that the Syrian prime minister is impotent and the actual authority rests with the tyrant Bashar al-Assad. The dictator is using force against pro-democracy people from day one, as he wants to quell the uprising against his rule at any cost. What are Syrians demanding from the dictator? They demand rule of law in the country, besides establishment of democracy, as they believe that their basic rights including freedom of expression can only be protected by a democratic government. It is encouraging to know that despite brutalities and oppression against civilians, they are still committed to oust Assad and bring a democratic set up in the battered country.
Ban Ki-moon, during his participation in Non-Aligned Movement summit, also sought help of Iran on restoring peace and stability in Syria. The media reports suggest that Iranian leadership has given strong assurances to the secretary general to play a positive role to end violence in Syria. It may be pertinent to mention here that the United States and its allied countries have been blaming Iran of supporting the Syrian regime for certain reasons. The Iranian leadership has indeed never condemned killings and violence in Syria; rather, they condemn the rebels for carrying out attacks on security forces loyal to the regime.
Though the summit in Tehran was not called for Syria, the dominant talking point remained the ever-deteriorating law and order situation in Syria. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad concluded the summit, saying his country wishes global peace and is ready to play a role for it.