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'Friends of Syria' stress UN plan is last chance for peace

'Friends of Syria' stress UN plan is last chance for peace
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The ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting in Paris stressed the UN-backed peace plan was the only game in town to prevent the country from sliding into all out civil war.

The 14-nation group called on the Syrian government to stop all violence amid fears an escalation could spill out into the wider region.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said: “Today for us the priority is to put into place the Annan plan, which for us is the last chance for peace, the last chance to avoid civil war in Syria. To make sure the plan works a strong observation mission has to be deployed as quickly as possible.”

The 13 months of violence in Syria has claimed the lives of 11,000 people so far.

“This meeting was intended to find new, more effective ways to increase pressure on the regime in Damascus,” said Euronews correspondent Giovanni Magi, who was in Paris for the talks.

“Still the absence of Russia and China and the manner Moscow spoke about the talks suggest the unity needed to resolve the Syrian crisis is still very far away.”