According to the UN peacekeeping chief, the Syrian government and rebels have “chosen the path of war”.
The recent rise in all out conflict has left military observers on the ground with no peace to monitor on the ground. As a result of the transition of the situation into a full blown war, UN officials have stated that the last of the few dozen remaining team members would quit Damascus by 24th August.
Explaining the UN official’s decision, deputy UN peacekeeping chief, Edmond Mulet, said,
“It is clear that both sides have chosen the path of war, open conflict and the space for political dialogue and cessation of hostilities an mediation is very, very reduced to this point.”
However, Mulet went on to note that “the fact that it’s difficult doesn’t mean that we should not face the challenge of trying to open those political spaces in the future.”
Several nations are expected to send diplomats to meet at the United Nations on Friday to discuss the next plan of action.
A Sri Lankan military soldier is suspected to have perpetrated the rape of a 7 year old girl in Nedunkeni, Vavuniya, reports Uthayan.
The incident led to a protest by local Tamils, demanding that the culprit be arrested.
Sri Lanka's Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister, Mervyn Silva, has decided to launch a hotline for public complaints, reports Colombo Page. The hotline would allow the user to choose their language of choice,