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Syria needs political solution, says UN chief

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Kuwait City, March 31: The Syrian crisis can be resolved only through political means, UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon said on Tuesday. Addressing the third Syrian donors conference here, Ban said the Syrian crisis would remain the “world’s worst humanitarian disaster” if there was no political solution. He added that more than $8.4 billion was required to provide relief to the over four million Syrian refugees. The donors meet is being attended by representatives from 69 countries. The fighting had transformed entire streets and neighbourhoods of Syria into rubble and reduced buildings into ruins while people had become mere casualty figures. The Syrian economy had suffered more than $200 billion in losses, unemployment stood at 57 percent while life expectancy rate had dropped to 55 years, the Emir said. Poverty had risen, and the number of Syrian refugees outside the country stood at 3.9 million people, the biggest refugee society in the world, the Kuwaiti leader said. At the same time, the crisis had created safe havens for terrorists who used the instability in Syria to carry out their “sinister plans”, Sheikh al-Sabah said. He praised Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt for hosting some 3.9 million Syrian refugees. (IANS)

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