Stalemate in Syria proves military solution still ‘an illusion’, says UN envoy

Stalemate in Syria proves military solution still ‘an illusion’, says UN envoy

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen has brushed aside the so-called military solution to the decade-long conflict in Syria as “an illusion,” stating that the warring parties are locked in a “strategic stalemate” on the ground for the past 21 months.

According to Press TV, Pedersen told the UN Security Council on Monday that it is time to explore whether a political process in Syria can meaningfully move forward next year.

“No one should expect miracles or quick solutions – the path forward will be necessarily incremental. But I hope that this coming year we can work on concrete steps towards the implementation of Security Council resolution 2254,” he said. 

The Norwegian diplomat highlighted that the lingering Syria stalemate is “making it increasingly clear that no existing actor or group of actors can determine the outcome of the conflict, and that a military solution remains an illusion.” 

Pedersen stated that he remains…

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