|Brahimi urges UN Security Council to act on Syria conflict||
UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi asked the UN Security Council Tuesday to “grab the problem” in Syria because the country is being “destroyed bit by bit” with consequences affecting the Middle East region, DPA reported.
Brahimi spent more than two hours in closed-door discussions with the 15-nation council in New York. Pakistani Ambassador Masood Khan, the council president, described the talks as “intense, in depth and very useful.”
Khan said the council has made seven proposals to Brahimi to break the impasse in Syria, but he did not say what the proposals were.
Brahimi told reporters that he had asked the council to reaffirm Syria's territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty and full fundamental human rights, including religious freedom, to the Syrian people.
He said the council should back the plan worked out in Geneva last year, which called for the establishment of a transitional governing body with full executive power to run the country while Damascus and the opposition work out a political solution.
He said the meaning of full executive power remains ambiguous, and should be clarified.
Brahimi told the Security Council he was very concerned about an increasing danger of “contamination” which the countries around Syria are facing.
“There might be implications if the crisis continues spiraling. The refugee flow is becoming a matter of controversy in these countries,” he added.
“None of the neighbors is immune to the fallout consequences of the conflict. The region is facing the risk of contamination,” Brahimi noted.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals.
And several international human rights organizations have accused the foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes.
On January 14, an international aid agency said the conflict in Syria is causing a “staggering humanitarian crisis” in the Middle East.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said in a 23-page report that more than 600,000 Syrians have fled the country because of violence, including gang rape.
The New York-based organization described the level of rape and sexual violence taking place in the conflict zones in Syria as “horrific.”
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