Syria crisis cannot be simply "patched up"

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A long-term solution is needed for the crisis in Syria where a violent crackdown on protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad continues.

That's the assessment of the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe, who attended an international conference on Syria in Tunis, on Friday.

Representatives of more than 60 nations known as "Friends of Syria" have gathered in the Tunisian capital to push for the Syrian government to stop violence and allow humanitarian aid to the affected people.

Mr. Pascoe stressed the need for a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

"There can only be one outlook for Syria and that has got to be a government and a situation which the people believe in and feel represents them and fell works well for their interests over the future. Too much blood has been spilled. Too many problems are out there right now that this can somehow be sort of patched up quickly and go on. It's that there has got to be a long-term solution."

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