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UN envoy says Syrian collapse threatens region

Moscow,Dec 29: The United Nations envoy for the Syria crisis is warning that further deterioration of conditions in the country could send an unbearable stream of refugees into neighbouring countries.Speaking on Saturday after meeting in
India TV News Desk December 29, 2012 17:52 IST
India TV News Desk
Moscow,Dec 29: The United Nations envoy for the Syria crisis is warning that further deterioration of conditions in the country could send an unbearable stream of refugees into neighbouring countries.



Speaking on Saturday after meeting in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Lakhdar Brahimi said “if you have a panic in Damascus and if you have 1 million people leaving Damascus in a panic, they can go to only two places Lebanon and Jordan. Neither Lebanon or Jordan can support without breaking 500,000 refugees.”

Mr. Brahimi said that “If the only alternative is really hell or a political process, then we have got all of us to work ceaselessly for a political process.”

Neither official gave indication of significant progress toward resolving the 21-month-old conflict in which an estimated 40,000 people have died.