Damascus (AsiaNews) - "The international
community should hurry up and help Syria out of this hellish trap," said Mgr
Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio to Damascus. Speaking to AsiaNews, he pleaded with the members of the United Nations
Security Council, especially China and Russia, and the Arab League, to put
aside their differences and do something tangible to stop the bloodshed that has
cost 14,000 lives in the past 16 months.
After three weeks out of the
country, the prelate returned to Syria only to find the situation had
worsened since he had left.
In Tremseh, Hama province, 200 more innocent people
died in another massacre today. Like in Houla and al-Qubayr, the military and
rebels blame each other.
Combat helicopters and tanks struck
at the village, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. They were followed
by members of the Shabiha (ghosts) paramilitary militia, who carried out
Syria's official news agency SANA, blamed Muslim terrorists for the incident, claiming
that they are trying to sow fear and chaos in order to influence the UN
Security Council in New York.
"The situation is getting worse," Mgr
Zenari noted. "When I returned security was worse. It is no longer possible to
move freely. Fighting and abductions are taking place in areas that were under
control until recently."
The Security Council in New York saw China and Russia veto fresh sanctions against Bashar
al-Assad's regime. Moscow and Beijing are opposed to any resolution
against the Syrian government.
The two members accuse Western
government of trying a repeat of the strategy used in Libya, taking advantage of UN resolutions
to start a war in the region.
Opposition from Russia and China make UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's
work even harder. In recent weeks, he asked for Iran's support to try mediation with the
regime and reach a peace deal.
On 16 July, the former UN secretary
general will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to get Russia on board.
"The international community must try
to speak with a single voice and stop Syria from falling off the precipice,"
the Vatican nuncio said. "Without everyone's
cooperation, Annan's great plan is worthless."
Increasingly, the innocent are the
victims of the tragedy, especially children. "Killing the defenceless does not
hurt only the Syrian people but humanity as a whole." (S.C.)