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Brahimi says Syria 'must be' solved in 2013 - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

The international peace envoy for Syria says the situation in the country was deteriorating sharply but a solution was still possible under the terms of a peace plan agreed in Geneva in June.

Lakhdar Brahimi said on Sunday the state would collapse without a solution, reiterating warnings that the country could turn into "hell" or a new Somalia. 

"I say that the solution must be this year: 2013, and, God willing, before the second anniversary of this crisis," Lakhdar Brahimi said at a news conference at the Arab League in Cairo, referring to the start of the uprising in March 2011.

"A solution is still possible but is getting more complicated every day," he added. "We have a proposal and I believe this proposal is adopted by the international community."

Brahimi is the joint UN-Arab League envoy charged with trying to mediate an end to a conflict that has killed at least
44,000 people.

"The situation in Syria is bad, very, very bad, and it is getting worse and the pace of deterioration is increasing," he said.

"People are talking about Syria being split into a number of small states ... this is not what will happen, what will happen
is Somalisation, war lords," he said.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 03:04:52 PM EST
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