Political process is only choice to end Syrian crisis: UN-Arab League envoy

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Lakhdar Brahimi

The crisis in Syria will remain a "direct threat" to world peace if it is not resolved in the coming months, according to UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi.

Brahimi was speaking to reporters in Cairo on Sunday where he met with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Al Arabi.

On Saturday the Joint Special Representative travelled to Moscow for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in efforts to end the violence in Syria.

He told journalists there that the only alternatives to the crisis are a Syrian-led political process or what he described as the "Somaliazation" of the country.

"So, if the only alternative is really hell or political process, then we have got all of us to work ceaselessly for a political process. It is difficult, it is very complicated, but there is no other choice except that route if we really want to be a responsible international community and want to help the Syrians also be a little bit more responsible towards their country and people."

Brahimi's meetings in Cairo and Moscow follow an earlier visit to Damascus where he met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Thousands of people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria since uprisings against the President began in March 2011.

UN humanitarian agencies recently launched a $1.5 billion appeal to assist Syrians displaced within the country and those who have sought refuge in neighbouring states.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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