News in Brief 01 October 2015 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Walid Al-Moualem, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic, on the margins of the general debate of the General Assembly's seventieth session. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Terrorism in Syria a consequence of the lack of political dialogue

The Deputy Prime Minister of Syria has been told by the UN chief that extremism and terrorism in his country have emerged largely because of the lack of political dialogue.

A civil war which began in Syria in 2011 has left at least 250,000 people dead.

Ban Ki-moon met Walid Al-Moualem in New York on the margins of the UN General Assembly debate and told him that there was no military solution to the conflict.

He urged the Syrian government to fulfil its responsibility to engage constructively in the political process.

Arms sales continue to dwarf conflict prevention investments

Investments in armaments and weapons continue to dwarf investments in conflict prevention, the President of the UN General Assembly has told the international community.

Speaking at a debate in New York on the maintenance of international peace and security, Mogens Lykketoft said there are a number of treaties banning all types of weapons.

"But still there remain simply far too many weapons in our world today. We must do more to rebuild trust and begin to move forward."

European Union announces aid package for Palestinian refugees

Palestinian refugees in the Middle East are to benefit from funding totalling EUR 30 million, around US$ 33 million.

The new money will be put towards health, education and other programmes run by the UN agency which supports Palestinian refugees, UNWRA.

UNWRA had said it was cutting back its education programmes because of a lack of funding.

The agency operates around 700 schools in the Middle East.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

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