Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea Monday appealed to the United Nations Security Council to call for an end to all military operations in Syria, in a bid to move towards a political solution to the seven-year conflict.
Geagea called on the council’s five permanent members to “take a historic decision under Chapter VII to stop all military operations in Syria in order to carry out the desired political transition,” according to local media.
The five permanent members of the council include Russia and China – key allies of the Syrian regime. France, the United Kingdom and the United States are the remaining members, and are opposed to Russia’s continued backing of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.
The UNSC has previously unanimously adopted measures calling for Syrian ceasefires and the delivery of aid, the most recent being a February resolution that unanimously called for an at least 30-day cessation of hostilities in the war-torn nation. That ceasefire was violated almost immediately.
“Dealing with the Syrian crisis through television and empty political statements is not at all commensurate with the ongoing tragedy,” Geagea said.
Geagea and his LF have long opposed the Syrian regime. The LF has strong ties to Saudi Arabia, which has funded anti-Assad groups inside Syria.
Geagea warned that the world was moving towards the “law of the jungle, where the strong kill the weak – [a world] ruled only by the language of iron and fire.”
Over the last seven years, the Syrian war has claimed roughly 400,000 lives – most of these fatalities a result of actions by the Assad regime and its allies Russia, Iran and Hezbollah. Roughly half of the country’s pre-war population of 22 million have been displaced, both internally and externally, contributing to one of the world’s largest ever refugee crises.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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