I AM appalled at the situation in Syria where the ceasefire brokered by former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan failed to get the warring parties to the negotiation table to end the turmoil which has devastated and divided the nation.
The call for a ceasefire appears unlikely to be heeded as the warring parties are bent on fulfilling their goals at the expense of lives, which will hit the 10,000 mark in just a matter of days unless the international community resolves to handle the situation resolutely.
It is perplexing why the Security Council cannot act collectively and decisively on Syria.
Russia and China, the two countries which feel Syria should be allowed to settle its internal affairs, must be held accountable and responsible for failing to agree with the rest of the Security Council to bring an end to the Syrian atrocities.
These two countries are Syria's strongest supporters. They should step in and advice the Syrian government to do what is necessary to bring a solution to its internal conflict that has taken a huge toll on its people, economy and international standing.
How many more deaths will the world see before something concrete and decisive is planned for the Syrians to determine their future and government?
The international community cannot stand idle. It must pressure the Syrian government to continue its search for a peaceful and lasting political solution.
I am happy France, a member of the Security Council, has voiced its strong opinion on the situation in Syria by saying it wants international intervention to stop the bloodshed.