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Brahimi gives 'downbeat' assessment of Syria

Brahimi gives 'downbeat' assessment of Syria
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The new UN-Arab League envoy to strife-torn Syria has given a downbeat assessment of the situation on the ground.

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told the UN that things are “extremely bad and getting worse.”

Brahimi says he has a few ideas but does not yet have a clear plan of action:

“I think there is no disagreement anywhere. But the situation in Syria is extremely bad and getting worse, that it is a threat to the region, and a threat to peace and security in the world.”

Violence is continuing unabated across Syria.

Experts say Brahimi faces an uphill struggle to end the conflict, with both sides seemingly intent on fighting and the UN Security Council deeply divided.