A skyrocketing death toll and a critical refugee crisis has urged the U.N. Secretary General to appeal for an immediate peace conference.
More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war, announced U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday.
"The military and violent actions must be stopped by both parties and it is thus imperative to have a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible," Ki-moon told AFP.
The death toll escalated by nearly 7,000 in a little over one month, with civilians suffering a large extent of the attacks. Aggravating the situation is the exodus of an estimated 1.7 million Syrians thus far, causing the worst refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide almost 20 years ago.
Since beginning almost three years ago, what started out as a peaceful protest against President Bashar al-Asaad’s regime has morphed into a violent civil war after the government implemented brutal security crackdowns.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had spoken on Wednesday about possible solutions and that they would try their hardest to further peace efforts “as soon as possible.” Ki-Moon and Kerry also held talks on Thursday after speaking with the press.
"There is no military solution to Syria,'' Kerry told reporters, according to AP. "There is only a political solution, and that will require leadership in order to bring people to the table."
Ki-moon's announcement came in the wake of a car bomb attack near Syrian’s capital that left at least 10 dead and 62 injured.
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