Ramos-Horta warns of prolonged Syria war

NOBEL Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta has warned that Syria risks becoming a new Somalia as he voiced pessimism at any quick solution to the bloodshed that has left tens of thousands dead.

The man who helped bring independence to East Timor saw a dangerous mix in Syria, saying the rebels lacked democratic credentials and President Bashar al-Assad was determined to fight for the survival of himself and his community.

“It is becoming a vicious civil war involving many – too many – outside interests, governments and non-state interests,” Ramos-Horta told AFP on a visit to the US.

“We are going to see a prolonged civil war, almost a Somalisation of Syria, but in a much more dangerous region of the world. Unfortunately I cannot see a better scenario.”

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