Ban: Syrian crisis a threat to regional peace and security

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria.

The escalating crisis in Syria has become an increasing threat to regional peace and security.

The Secretary-General and the Joint Special Representative for Syria came to that conclusion following a briefing on the Middle Eastern region.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon and Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi met on Saturday and focused on how to address the "appalling levels of violence" in Syria and the need for an inclusive political solution, according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban's spokesperson.

More than 18,000 people have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began last year.

In addition, more than 260,000 Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries and an estimated 2.5 million are in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

Mr. Ban and Mr. Brahimi also discussed the importance of the presence of world leaders at the United Nations to encourage increased support for the grave humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Mr. Brahimi is scheduled to brief the Security Council on Monday.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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