Syria conflict now civil war - UN

2012-06-12 19:33

New York - The 15-month-old conflict in Syria has grown into a full-scale civil war in which the government is attempting to recapture large swathes of urban territory it has lost to the opposition, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday.

"Yes, I think we can say that," UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous said in an interview with Reuters and one other reporter when asked if the Syrian crisis could now be characterised as a civil war.

"Clearly what is happening is that the government of Syria lost some large chunks of territory in several cities to the opposition and wants to retake control of these areas," he said.

  • Squeegee - 2012-06-12 19:41

    If the international community acted earlier this could have been avoided and many lives could have been saved. Russia in particular is to blame.

      thozi - 2012-06-14 15:04

      How about leaders like Malema and so on? They like rogue leaders like our northern neighbouring despot. I still wonder how many people would have been slaughtered by now in Libya, had Gadaffi not been taken out.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-12 21:08

    Only the ignorant will claim that a "government" that has not held elections for 50 years is legetimate. Than if this same "government" is made up from members of a tiny minority tribe, that claim becomes even silly. And if than there is no freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of association, quite frankly, freedom of nothing, and that regime rules with an iron fist, and tens of thousands of opposition members have been murdered in the last 50 years, than such a claim is not only absurd, but plain stupid !!!

      Larry - 2012-06-13 18:13

      Spot on. Except the ignorant don't listen because they think they are too clever. story of this world.

  • sithembiso.nkwanyana - 2012-06-12 21:56

    I wonder why the US and its allies not taking firm stand on Syrian president Assad for human atrocies,innocent life and children died because of one greedy dictator.The UN must come with resolution to oust the tyrant. Those days are gone for life presidents

      Larry - 2012-06-13 18:11

      The UN is a useless talkshop where nobody can agree and superpowers can veto resolutions. Resolutions, when passed, are just as useless and meaningless. Ask Israel what a joke and waste of time UN resolutions are. Dictators and tyrants understand one language only. It is time to save lives in Syria.

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