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Syria rebels on offensive as UN urges global action

‘BATTLE OF THE AIRPORTS’:The fighting raged as the UN-Arab League peace envoy called for talks between the opposition and a delegation from the government

AFP, DAMASCUS

Asked by Britain’s Channel 4 television whether it would be difficult for the UN to intervene in a place like Syria, she said: “It’s an intergovernmental decision on what kind of action: intervention, peacekeeping, military intervention or a referral to the international criminal courts. We urge that action be taken immediately. If there is doubt or hesitation it is because people are assessing the value of military intervention in places like Libya, Syria and Afghanistan. It could become a long, drawn out war with no guarantees that civilians would not be harmed in that process.”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at a security forum in Abu Dhabi called for urgent action to bring about a power transfer that excludes al-Assad.

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