UN chief warns of risk of regional conflict as a result of Syrian crisis

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A Syrian child suffering from heat stroke rests in a well-equipped medical centre in the Akcakale refugee camp in southern Turkey.

Risks of regional conflict and the threat to international peace and security are increasing as tensions escalate along the Syrian-Turkish border.

The warning has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon following the deadly shelling of a town in Turkey from Syria on Wednesday and Turkish response on targets in Syria.

The Secretary-General is calling on all concerned to abandon the use of violence, exercise maximum restraint and exert all efforts to move toward a political solution.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky has more.

"The Secretary-General is alarmed by escalating tensions along the Syrian-Turkish border. The Secretary-General has repeatedly made clear his concern about the spillover of the Syrian crisis into neighbouring countries, as occurred with Turkey. As the situation inside Syria deteriorates yet further – including the atrocious terrorist bombings in Aleppo this week which killed dozens of people including civilians – the risks of regional conflict and the threat to international peace and security are also increasing."

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Mr. Nesirky says the top UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has been in communication with officials from Turkey and Syria in order to encourage an easing of tensions.

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