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UN chief says Syria is 'disintegrating'

30 May 2013, 08:27

New York - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Syria is "disintegrating" and is urging international support for a US-Russian initiative to bring the government and opposition to the negotiating table.

Ban said the conflict has "deep political roots" and won't be solved militarily even if the parties and some supporters believe a military solution is possible.

"Syria is disintegrating before our eyes," he warned in a message to a meeting on Syria in Tehran on Wednesday. "The chaos is creating fertile ground for radicalism and increasingly threatens regional stability."

Ban made clear his opposition to supplying weapons to either side and to groups like Hezbollah sending fighters.

"I urge all parties to use their influence to help stop the arms flows and persuade outside groups to withdraw fighters from Syria," he said.

- AP


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