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Syria crisis threatens world peace, UN envoy says
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_03_Lakhdar-Brahimi.jpgUN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said on Sunday that peace and security in the world will be threatened directly from Syria if there is no solution within the next few months. 
 
"I warn of what will come. The choice is between a political solution or of full collapse of the Syrian state," told reporters in Cairo, The Associated Press reported. 
 
Brahimi also stated that if the crisis continues Syria will not be divided into states "like what happened in Yugoslavia" but will face "Somalization, which means warlords, and the Syrian people will be persecuted by those who control their fate."
 
Syria has been experiencing bloodshed since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings. 
 
Western states have been calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. However, Russia and China are strongly opposed to the Western drive to oust Assad.
 
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals, mostly from Egypt, Algeria, and Saudi Arabia.
 
Since starting his job in September, Brahimi has sought to advance an international plan, reached in Geneva six months ago, that calls for an open-ended cease-fire between rebels and government troops and the formation of a transitional government to run the country until elections can be held.
 
Over the past week Brahimi went to Damascus where he met Assad then flew to Moscow, one of Syria's closest international allies, where he discussed ways of ending the country's crisis.
 
"The situation in Syria is bad. Very, very bad," Brahimi said after meeting Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby. "It is getting worse and therefore if nearly 50,000 were killed in nearly two years if, God forbids, this crisis continues for another year, it will not only kill 25,000. It will kill 100,000. The situation is deteriorating."
 
The monthly death toll in Syria rose over the past months, as both sides have used heavier weapons.
 
Asked if there is any willingness by Assad and the opposition to go into a political process, Brahimi said, "No, there isn't. This is the problem." He added that the two sides don't talk to each other and there is need for help from outside.
 
Brahimi hinted that that the Geneva plan might be adopted by the UN Security Council, saying, "We have a suggestion and I think that this suggestion will be adopted by the international community."
 
The Geneva plan was reached in international conferences this summer and has the backing of Russia and China, which have shielded Damascus, as well as the West.

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