Syria will descend into ‘bloody chaos’ if UN envoy’s plan to establish transitional government fails: Russia

As history has shown, the UN is highly ineffective in keeping any meaningful peace. Therefore, expect chaos.

Russia warned Thursday Syria would descend into “bloody chaos” if a proposal from Lakhdar Brahimi, the international peace envoy, to set up a transitional government fails.

Mr. Brahimi challenged those in the conflict to work together to pave the way for democratic elections and sideline President Bashar al-Assad.

His proposal received strong backing from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said negotiations were the only way to end the fighting.

“The alternative to a peaceful solution is bloody chaos. The longer it continues, the greater its scale — and the worse things get for all,” he said.

Moscow has engaged in a flurry of diplomatic activity to promote power-sharing and its view there will be no military solution to the conflict.

Mr. Lavrov met Thursday with Faisal Mekdad, the Syrian deputy foreign minister and Mr. Assad’s cousin, to press Damascus to co-operate with Mr. Brahimi.

Alarm over Syria’s disintegration led to crisis talks between Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, and King Abdullah of Jordan about the fate of Syria’s chemical weapons. Israel fears the weapons could fall into the hands of Islamists fighting Mr. Assad or the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, an Iran ally.

Full article: Syria will descend into ‘bloody chaos’ if UN envoy’s plan to establish transitional government fails: Russia (National Post)

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