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Turkey: International envoy visiting Syrian refugees calls for peace


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Turkey: International envoy visiting Syrian refugees calls for peace

Lakhdar Brahimi, who replaced Kofi Annan as the UN-Arab league special envoy to Syria, says he hopes there will soon be peace and wished an early return home for Syrian refugees, as visited them at a Turkish refugee camp.

Dozens of Syrian refugees demonstrated at the camp in the Turkish border province of Hatay. They waved the rebel flag and denounced Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The UN estimates around 20,000 people have been killed during the escalating conflict, while around 250,000 have fled the country.

One refugee said: “We have one request for Brahimi; make the Assad regime step down, they have to stop him. But if he cannot execute this new plan successfully, just like Kofi Annan, everything will be in vain.”

The international envoy tasked with ending the 18-month conflict says his job is “nearly impossible” however, and acknowledged this week that for the moment he has no plan for how to end the violence.

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