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Ban Ki-moon calls for more effort from UN diplomats over Syria crisis

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Ban Ki-moon calls for more effort from UN diplomats over Syria crisis

International powers remain divided as they work on a draft resolution for the United Nations Security Council backing up the Russia-US deal on dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons.

In the meantime the UN’s 68th General Assembly has opened where Syria dominated proceedings.

UN chief General Ban Ki-moon urged a more determined effort to resolve the wider Syria conflict.

“As the international community unites against the threat of chemical warfare it must also stop the wider war that is destroying Syria. I hope we can move on diplomatic momentum and move quickly to a peace conference and a political solution,” said Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his opening address to the assembly.

Satellite pictures from NASA have been published illustrating the human cost of the conflict. Zataari camp in Jordan, an empty desert in 2009, is today one of the largest refugee camps in the world.

It is home to more than 110,000 Syrians – just a fraction of the two million refugees who have fled the fighting. As camps in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt also grow larger, the UN’s World Food Programme says it is struggling to cope.

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