March 2, 2013 - 10:50 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Syria will fall apart if its government and rebels keep fighting instead of seeking a negotiated peace, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, according to RTE News.
He said the situation in Syria was deteriorating by the day after almost two years of conflict in which 70,000 people have died, but there was now a slim chance for peace talks.
"This is a very small window of opportunity which we strongly support and encourage them to use that. The opportunity may soon close," Mr Ban said at a news conference in Geneva.
Syria's government has shown increased willingness to hold talks with the opposition to end a war that has driven nearly 1 million Syrians to flee their country. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said earlier this week that the government would even speak to armed rebels.
It extended passport terms for Syrian nationals abroad, meeting a condition set by the opposition for talks.
Delivering an annual lecture in Geneva, the UN chief said: "I continue to urge the Syrian parties to find their way to the negotiating table. The horrors of the last months and years prove beyond doubt: the military solution in Syria is leading to the dissolution of Syria. The Security Council must no longer stand as a silent witness to the slaughter. At long last, it must come together and establish the parameters for the democratic transition that might be the last best hope for saving Syria."