The former head of the United Nations observer mission in Syria has said that President Bashar al-Assad's fall is "only a matter of time", but that his exit may not end the conflict.
"Sooner or later, the regime will fall," Robert Mood, the Norwegian general, said on Friday. "The spiral of violence, the lack of proportion in the regime's reactions, its incapacity to protect the civilian population, mean that the regime's days are numbered, but will it fall in a week or in a year? That is a question I do not dare answer."
"Many think that if Bashar al-Assad falls or that if he is given an honourable exit ... the problem will be solved. That is an over-simplification one should be wary of," Mood told a news conference. "The situation could even get worse."
But Mood also said "it is impossible to imagine a future Syria with the current power holders still in place".
"Every time there are 15 people killed in a village, 500 additional sympathisers are mobilised, roughly 100 of whom are
fighters," Mood said.
Mood has been replaced by Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, a Senegalese military officer who is taking over a drastically reduced mission of just 150 observers. Gaye's mission has a mandate of only 30 days.
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With the amount of defections and the rebels gaining ground a support Assad will fall. Its only a matter of time before the Syrian people will decide their future.