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Arabs urge UN action amid civil war fears

Arabs urge UN action amid civil war fears
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Arab leaders called for UN action on Sunday as at least 27 people were killed in Syria amid growing concern that Kofi Annan's peace plan is failing and the country descending into all-out civil war.

Annan himself warned of sectarian warfare, singling out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime as key to resolving the conflict.  'The spectre of an all-out war with a worrying sectarian dimension grows by the day,' he told a ministerial meeting on Syria in Doha.

'The situation is complex and it takes everyone involved in the conflict to act responsibly if the violence is to stop.

But the first responsibility lies in the Syrian government and President Assad,' he said. Up to 300 unarmed UN military observers have deployed in Syria since a putative ceasefire brokered by Annan went into effect in April.
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