Peace Envoy warns UN of horror in Syria
Peace Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has warned the UN security council that the conflict in Syria has reached new “unprecedented levels of horror”.
The UN-Arab League envoy was speaking hours after evidence emerged of a fresh massacre in the northern city of Aleppo.
Reports of at least 71 bodies were found by a river in the western Bustan al-Qasr district, opposition activists said.
Mr Brahimi has been trying to find a solution to the crisis based on a peace plan approved at an international conference in June 2012 but has said the UN security council cannot continue to be in disagreement and wait but must act now.
The UN says the conflict has left more than 60,000 people dead.
“The country is breaking up before everyone’s eyes. Only the international community can help, and first and foremost the Security Council,” Mr Brahimi told a closed meeting of the 15-member council, according to diplomats.
“The region is being pushed into a situation that is extremely bad,” he said.
Activists posted video footage of the massacre in Aleppo on YouTube, showing a large number of bodies strewn in and around the banks of the Quwaiq river.
The government and opposition have blamed each other for the killings.
The UN Security Council has been divided over Syria for months. The US, UK, France and other Western powers have pushed for resolutions that threaten sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
However, Russia and China have vetoed resolutions three times. Moscow – a close ally of Syria – also refuses to back calls for Mr Assad to step down.