Another "blood-soaked" milestone for people of Syria deplores UN Chief

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The people of Syria have crossed another "blood-soaked" milestone, said the Secretary-General as he marked the country's fourth year into the conflict.

Ban Ki-moon was briefing reporters following a General Assembly meeting, which was also attended by Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.

He made a special call to Russia and the United States as the initiating States of the Geneva Conference on Syria, to take "clear steps to reenergize" the Geneva process.

"The political process is in crisis, it is not enough to have brought the parties to the conflict in the same room, what matters most is what they do there. After two rounds of talks neither side is displaying any will to compromise or any true awareness of the suffering of the Syrian people."

He strongly urged the Syrian Government and opposition forces to show the leadership, vision and flexibility needed to end this conflict.

Mr. Ban also called for an end to the flow of arms and fighters that continue to fuel the violence.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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