According to ABC News, the head of a UN observer team in Syria said on Friday that the conflict could not come to a permanent end unless there is a genuine conversation between both sides in the conflict, which has engulfed the country for over a year.
Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, the head of a 200-head observer team, spoke at a news conference in Damascus, Syria, warning that “a permanent end to the violence if the commitment to give dialogue a chance is not genuine from all internal and external actors,” according to the article.
As Gen. Mood spoke at the news conference, “government forces pounded a rebel-held town north of the central city of Homs with artillery shells and rockets, according to Syrian opposition groups.”
Since the violence’s inception in March 2011, over 9,000 have died and the violence only seems to be escalating, not ceasing like U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan’s plan that was brokered in April.
Annan’s plan called for a cease-fire between the government and rebel forces. However, both sides have not honored the cease-fire, raising concerns that the violence has spun out of control.
But dialogue seems a distant hope as the opposition refuses to talk to the government, who deems the opposition as terrorists, as the killings ensue.