Brahimi rules out military solution for Syria conflict
Lakhdar Brahimi - AP/Takuro Yabe

KUWAIT CITY: U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi ruled out any military solution for the Syrian civil war.

Addressing the Arab summit in Kuwait, Brahimi called on the Syrian parties to return to the table of negotiations.

“All Arabs have a responsibility to end this tragedy,” he said.

“The only way to defuse this crisis is the political solution,” Brahimi said.

The veteran Algerian diplomat called on Arab nations to work with Russia, the U.S. and the U.N. for “reactivating the Geneva II path,” referring to the second round of the peace talks, which ended in Geneva in February.

He called on halting the flow of weapons into Syria. “Defusing the Syrian conflict does not hinge on the military solution,” he said.

The Syrian conflict has killed more than 140,000 people — more than 7,000 of them were children — and is destabilizing the country’s neighbors.

Brahimi thanked Syria’s neighbors for hosting two million Syrian refugees.

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