U.N-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said on Monday that he has a few ideas but not a full plan on how to end the country's 18-month conflict, which he described as extremely bad and getting worse as the country faces a growing food crisis.
Brahimi also told the 15-member countries of the Council that the Syrian regime estimates that 5,000 foreigners are taking part in fighting in the country.
The envoy said that reform is not enough anymore, what is needed is change. Of course he means what one of the Free Syrian Army leaders told him about eliminating the regime of Bashar al-Assad and not the reforms claimed by the Syrian regime.
He stressed that he could not see any evidence that Damascus and the opposition were prepared to stop the violence and start talks, as Assad only wants to return to “the old Syria” which he and his father have ruled for more than 40 years.
According to diplomatic sources, during a closed meeting of the U.N. Security Council, Brahimi pointed out that, according to Damascus, the armed conflict is the result of an international conspiracy. The source also said that Mr. Brahimi, will visit Russia and China to take up the situation in Syria.
In a statement, the Security Council expressed grave concern about the situation in Syria and offered its full and strong support to Brahimi.
However, Brahimi 's briefing to comes a day after at least 82 people, including 40 civilians, were killed in various locations around Syria.
Yesterday, Brahimi discussed Syria with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and both agreed that the 18-month crisis was a steadily increasing threat to regional peace and stability, a statement said.
Meanwhile Ban met Sunday evening with Iranian President and discussed the situation in Syria where Iran can influence on the regime.
"The Secretary-General stressed that the tense situation in Syria worsened the humanitarian situation in the region," said a statement by the U.N.'s press service.
On the ground, regime forces have continued to use heavy artillery in shelling residential neighborhoods in towns and villages across the northwestern province of Idlib, a free Syrian Army stronghold. Fierce fighting was also reported in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor and near an airport in the northern province of Raqa, but no information has been available on casualties.
In related news, several mortar shells from Syria was fired on the Golan Heights Tuesday morning, causing damage but no injuries, according to Israeli army radio.
However, Israeli army spokesman said: The shells were aimed at villages inside Syria and are part of the ongoing internal conflict between regime forces and the Free Syrian Army. Certainly they do not mean the Israeli territories.
Everyone, during the U.N. General Assembly will be thinking about Syria, but there will be no decision and no major progress as the U.S. and Western countries are very reluctant to the idea of arming the rebels, arguing that the arsenal could fall into the hands of extremist groups. The situation was not the same during the Libyan revolution, with the international community knowing that those fighting the Gaddafi regime are al-Qaida and Islamic groups.
Worth noting is that it seems Brahimi's declarations are identical to what Annan has previously declared. However, this time the death toll grew to 27,000, as mentioned by the United Nations. On the other hand, according to the Syrian opposition the number of victims has exceeded 30,000. It seems that these numbers have no effect at all as the international community apparently likes to watch, live murder and horrific movies, same as the ones produced in Hollywood and, such as "Dracula" and "The Blood Sucker."
I do not understand why the 15 members of the Security Council support Brahimi, especially since he is the one who admitted that he has no specific plan to stop the bloodshed in Syria. All he has is ideas, which are certainly diplomatic. Unfortunately, diplomacy always fails with bloody regimes.
I feel that what is happening in Syria is a conspiracy of the international community and the Syrian regime against the will of the Syrian people. The hesitation of the free world to take a decision so as to save the rest of the Syrian people from annihilation is a strong evidence.
I do a reverse from the international community, as I support the Free Syrian Army because it knows how to hurt Assad's regime and succeeded to make Assad feel unsafe even in his bedroom!