The head of the UN’s refugee agency, Antonio Guterres has warned world leaders not to allow divisions over the crisis in Ukraine to distract them from dealing with the conflict in Syria.
US and Russian tensions over the Russia’s seizure of Crimea mean that there has been little progress in bringing Syria’s warring parties together following the collapse of talks in Geneva last month.
Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees said, “in the moment in which we would need the most relevant countries in the world to be able to come together to narrow their differences and to try to find a way to move into peace for Syria, the tension around Ukraine obviously will not help”.
Meanwhile Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, in a rare public appearance, has been visiting displaced Syrians in the town of Adra.
The UN’s Guterres believes that more than 3 million Syrians have fled the conflict – making for neighbouring countries such as Lebanon and Turkey.
And here’s why…this is amateur footage posted on the Internet showing continuing violence in several parts of Syria this weekend.
Syria’s civil war has killed over 140,000 in three years of fighting.