UN chief urges Syrians to "act decisively" to end the conflict

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Thousands of Syrians stream across the border into Iraq in search of shelter. Photo: UNHCR/G. Gubaeva (file)

The government and opposition in Syria have been urged to act "decisively and courageously" to end the three-year conflict in the country.

The call was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a press conference in Montreux where talks on Syria began on Wednesday.

Mr. Ban said more than 40 delegations came to the talks "to send a message to the two Syrian delegations and to the Syrian people that the world wants an urgent end to the conflict and a political solution for Syria."

"It is still not too late to end the bloodshed and find a peaceful and democratic future in a united Syria where all can live together in democracy and dignity, enjoying full equality. The moment to act decisively and courageously is now. The real hard work begins on Friday." (22")

On Friday the talks will move from Montreux to Geneva where representatives of the opposition and the Syrian government are expected to hold direct talks to end the conflict in their country.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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