Publicado el 08-28-2012
The Situation in
The civil war that Syria is experiencing continues and this Monday, August 27th, French President, Francois Hollande, publicly said that his government would recognize a provisional Syrian government, urging Syria’s political opposition to establish one as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the government of Bashar al-Assad continues its military offensive against the opposition and the number of dead and wounded continues to grow, as well as the refugees that have fled into Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, which now are more than two hundred thousand. In Jordan, near the Syrian border, there is a camp with seventeen thousand refugees and half of them are children of different ages.
There are eighty thousand Syrian refugees in Turkey who have registered with the United Nations refugee agency. Turkey has said that it could accommodate a maximum of one hundred thousand Syrians, and it is unknown what could happen later when more refugees try to flee to that country.
Russia and China continue to hinder efforts by other members of the U.N. Security Council to pass far-reaching resolutions against the Syrian government to force Assad to resign and perhaps hand over power to a provisional government.
If the situation continues like this, it would reach a point in which it will be totally unsustainable and perhaps there will a surge of violence beyond anything foreseeable that could affect other countries in the region.
Western countries interested in maintaining world peace must do everything possible to find a solution to the Syrian problem and make Russia and China understand that they should cooperate to that end. Helping the Assad regime to stay in power will lead to nothing positive. On the contrary, things will get worse, complicating even more this international crisis.
To solve this crisis is needed the good will of all those who, in one way or another, are involved in it.