Syria "most serious threat" to int'l peace, security: Guterres

Syria tensions 'threaten full-blown military escalation' - UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that the Middle East is in such "chaos" that it has become a threat to global peace and security - and Syria "represents the most serious threat".

The USA, France and Britain presented a new draft resolution on the investigation of chemical attacks in Syria in the UN Security Council, as AFP reported.

This he said in a telephonic conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Moscow and Washington had traded bitter accusations over potential American military action.

As fact and guesswork regarding who is responsible and what, precisely, occurred, are lumped together to justify the punishing predawn missile attack by the United States and its allies on several locations inside Syria, one of the poorest nations in the Middle East again reels as its seven-year war continues, with no end in sight. He said it is also "high time to end the Libyan conflict".

Albania's Foreign Ministry said Le Drian canceled a trip there planned Friday "due to worldwide developments in the security field".

Large numbers of Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict have entered Europe, stirring a backlash of nationalism in several countries whose administrations have openly supported increased military actions in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation.


The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group said four of its members were killed in an apparent accidental blast in the.

His plea comes after the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), which was created as a body to attribute responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in Syria in 2015, expired in November 2017. He was referring to the three countries' efforts to reduce violence in Syria.

The Government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian Government forces had entered the town.

Russian Federation this week vetoed a USA proposal to set up such a panel following an alleged chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma that killed more than 40 people, according to medics and rescuers.

He said that "intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication".

"God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria following the Libyan and Iraqi experience", Mr Lavrov told a news conference on Friday.

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