Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary-general of the United Nations raised the death toll in Syria’s civil war to more than 100 thousand, a significant rise from the previous month and about 1.7 million have been forced to look for shelter in neighboring countries.
He spoke during talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and called on the Syrian government and the opposition to stop the violence in the over 2 years civil war, saying it is “imperative to have a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible.”
“There is no military solution to Syria,” Kerry then told reporters. “There is only a political solution, and that will require leadership in order to bring people to the table.”
The United Nations along with the United States and Russia are trying to get an international conference in Geneva to agree on a transitional government.
Ban Ki-Moon talked to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and said that both countries still commited to bring both sides to agree on peace efforts.
“We will try our hardest to make that happen as soon as is possible,” Kerry said.
The United Nations believe that their statistics are an underestimate because many killing go unreported and the announcement came after reports from Damascus, the capital, that seven people had been killed in a car bomb attack.
The attack happened in the suburb of Jaramana where many Christians and druze adherents of Shia Islam live, reported the Syrian state media. President Bashar Al-Assad has more support in those communities.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) based in the United Kingdom report that more than 2 thousand people have died since July, the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Combatants from both sides were killed with a civilian death toll of 639, many of them children and women reported the SOHR.
United States, UK and France have said they are considering weaponry and humanitarian aid.
Ban Ki-Moon said at the conference “At the same time, as you may know, the head of chemical weapons investigation team, Dr. Sellstrom, and my High Representative for Disarmament Angela Kane have just visited Syria, are meeting senior officials of the Syrian Government to discuss about the modalities of investigation. We will get a report since they are coming out of Syria now. We’ll get the report soon.”
Written by Edgar Soto