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UN investigators said violence in Syria "no signs of subsiding"

English.news.cn   2014-03-19 03:09:07

GENEVA, March 18 (Xinhua) - The violence in Syria has showed "no signs of subsiding "as the Syria crisis entered its fourth year, Paulo Pinheiro, chairperson of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on Tuesday .

Pinheiro made the remarks when he briefed to Human Right Council in Geneva about the updated investigation report, which covers the period from July 15, 2013 to Jan. 20, 2014 on the basis of 563 interviews and other collected evidence.

"Civilians are repeatedly the victims of acts of terror. Car and suicide bombs targeting civilian areas by no-state armed groups have caused extensive casualties and destruction," he said.

The investigation report, which already released on March 5, pointed out that the ongoing war inside Syria has become deeply fragmented and localized, with the emergence of multiple frontlines involving different parties with shifting priorities.

It said warring parties did not fear being held accountable for their acts, blaming both pro-government and non-state armed groups for having committed massacres, violations of international humanitarian law and the war crimes of murder.

Pinheiro stressed that the political negotiation is the only solution to the conflict, which all parties and influential states must pursue it with renewed vigor.

"The countries that have influence on both sides must help to enlarge the presence around the table for a conclusive negotiation," he told a press conference later the day.

"The negotiation will be bumpy and difficult, with lots of obstacles," he added.

He expected that"it would be magic time the two parties will be sit around the table and end the ceasefire."

Editor: yan
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