UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- UN special envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen on Monday warned of troubling signs of recent military escalation in Syria, while calling for a comprehensive manner to address situation in the country.
In a briefing to the UN Security Council, Pedersen said he was worried that in recent months there have been troubling signs of military escalation, including an increase in strikes attributed to a wide range of actors this last month alone.
The envoy voiced concern that an escalatory cycle could see events further unravel, with civilians continuing to pay an already immense cost, and international peace and security being put at risk.
He hoped that continued diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the situation can unite to restore the calm across Syria, toward a nationwide ceasefire.
"The degree of fragmentation in Syria, the region and internationally -- and deficits of trust and will -- are preventing us from doing what needs to be done -- addressing this conflict in a comprehensive manner, with serious compromise and investment, involving all players," Pedersen said.
This is the only way to avoid another dangerous collapse, to reunite and repair a fragmented country and people, to genuinely restore Syria's sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity, and to end the displacement crisis and to allow the Syrian people to chart their own future, he noted.