‘Syria crisis can’t have military cure’

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon gestures as he speaks to the press during a visit to a UN-run school in the Zaatari Refugee Camp for Syrian refugees, on December 7, 2012.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated that there can be no military solution to the Syrian crisis, urging the international community to help end the unrest, Press TV reports.

“What the Syrian people desperately need at this time are real solutions to the crisis that is tearing their nation apart,” Ban said through his spokesman Martin Nesirky on Monday.

Meanwhile, the UN chief shunned President Bashar al-Assad’s calls and proposals for ending the ongoing unrest in the crisis-stricken country, echoing a Western call for regime change in Syria.

Nesirky was not prepared to further clarify Ban’s stance.

Assad’s speech, which called for dialogue with the opposition and vowed resistance against terrorists, was also condemned by the United States.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with UN Special Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi last week, repeating his concern that many of the smuggled guns are going to terrorists.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of Army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals.

Several international human rights organizations have accused foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes.

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