He also urged international action for a resolution to the “grave humanitarian situation” in Syria.
“Civil and political authorities before all others have a grave responsibility to work for peace,” he stated. “They are the first called to resolve the numerous conflicts causing bloodshed in our human family, beginning with… the Middle East.”
Syria has been the scene of turmoil for nearly two years. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed.
The Syrian government says the chaos that began in the country in March 2011 is being orchestrated from outside. There are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a televised speech on Sunday that the ongoing conflict in the country is not between the state and the opposition, but between the nation and its enemies.