Western Leaders Threaten Syria after UN Warns of Failing Ceasefire

(Telegraph-UK) Richard Spencer and Damien McElroy - Western leaders issued the threat of international intervention to set up "humanitarian corridors" in Syria on Thursday after the UN warned that President Assad's regime was failing to honor the terms of a ceasefire. As foreign ministers gathered in Paris to discuss the crisis, Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, compared the situation in Syria to that in Libya before the fall of Gaddafi and said the time had come to set up safe corridors for the provision of aid and to allow refugees to escape the fighting. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, told the Security Council that the situation on the ground in Syria was "highly precarious" and that attacks were on the rise, including the "shelling of civilian areas," and he warned of "grave abuses by government forces."

2012-04-20 00:00:00

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