Assad's fall only matter of time: Mood
27 July 2012, 17:18
Oslo - It is just a matter of time before the
government of Syrian President Bashar Assad falls because its use of
massive force is mobilising insurgents, General Robert Mood, the former
head of the UN monitoring mission in Syria, said on Friday.
my opinion it is only a matter of time before a regime that is using
such heavy military power and disproportional violence against the
civilian population is going to fall," the Norwegian general, who left
Damascus on 19 July, said.
"Every time there are 15 people killed
in a village, 500 additional sympathisers are mobilised, roughly 100 of
whom are fighters," Mood said.
However, the authoritarian Syrian
leader is probably secure in the short term because he has the military
capability to hold off the rebels and his eventual fall could be months
or even years away, Mood said.
"In the short term it may very
well be possible for him to [hold on], because the military capabilities
of the Syrian army are much much stronger than those of the
opposition," Mood said.
"The minute you see larger military
formations leaving the ranks of the government to join the opposition,
then that is when it starts accelerating ... This could last for months
or even years," he said.
Mood left Syria after his 90-day mission
expired - the mandate was renewed on 20 July for 30 days - and has been
replaced by Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, who has already taken up
his post in Damascus.
Mood, who commanded a 400-strong mission,
was unable to stop the escalating violence and said organised groups
with artillery, mortars and mechanised formations were responsible for
some of the violence in Syrian villages.