Syria destroyed 'bit by bit', Council must act: UN envoy

UNITED NATIONS- The nearly two-year-old conflict in Syria is destroying the country "bit by bit" and the UN Security Council must take action, UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Tuesday.
"The Security Council simply cannot continue to say 'we are in disagreement, therefore let's wait for better times'... They have got to grapple with this problem now," Brahimi told reporters after briefing the Council.

Syria destroyed 'bit by bit', Council must act: UN envoy
"If a little more pressure is brought to bear, maybe a little bit more progress will be made," the former Algerian foreign minister said.
Brahimi said that even though he had "not made much progress" in his efforts to bring an end to a conflict that has left more than 60,000 people dead, he would not stop trying.
"I am not a quitter," he said, however adding: "The moment I feel I am totally useless, I will not stay a minute more."
Brahimi was scheduled to have dinner later Tuesday with the UN envoys from the Council's five permanent veto-wielding members -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

Wednesday, January 30th 2013

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