UN chief warns of risk of regional conflict as a result of Syrian crisisListen /
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."
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.