The conflict in Syria has now reached “new and appalling heights of brutality and violence”, according to the UN secretary-general, while the world body’s envoy to Syria has said the country is in danger of becoming “a failed state”.
The statements from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Joint UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi came in New York on Friday, while violence continued near the Damascus international airport and the country’s Internet remained blacked out.
Ban and Brahimi were addressing the 193-member UN General Assembly on the revolt against Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, which began as peaceful rallies calling for democracy but grew to an armed struggle after the military cracked down on protesters.
The fighting has killed about 40,000 people, making it the bloodiest of Arab uprisings that have ousted entrenched leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen since early last year.
CONTINUED at Aljazeera.