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United Nations warns of more Syrian spillover

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon and the 15-nation Security Council have voiced alarm over the escalating tensions along the Syrian-Turkish border, warning that the risk of regional conflict and threat to international peace is increasing.

Ban called on all concerned parties to abandon use of violence, exercise maximum restraint and exert all efforts to move toward a political solution, a statement issued by his spokesperson said here.

The Secretary-General is ‘alarmed’ by the escalating tensions along the Syrian-Turkish border and has repeatedly made clear his concern about the spillover of the Syrian crisis into neighbouring countries, the statement said.

In a press statement, the Security Council ‘condemned in the strongest terms’ the shelling by the Syrian armed forces of the Turkish town of Akcakale.

‘The members of the Security Council underscored that this incident highlighted the grave impact the crisis in Syria has on the security of its neighbours and on regional peace and stability,’ Ambassador Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala, which holds the Presidency of the Security Council for October said in the press statement after a meeting of the 15-member body. The Council called on the Syrian Government to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours. At least five Turkish civilians were killed and others injured on Wednesday. 


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