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U.N. warns Ukraine harming Syria peace efforts

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 - 01:32

March 12 - U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says Ukraine crisis could damage prospects for peace in Syria. Paul Chapman reports.

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Ukraine's troubles are damaging international efforts to bring about peace in Syria. That's according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, who says there's a chance of huge disaster if attention is diverted from the Syrian conflict. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ANTONIO GUTERRES, U.N HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES, SAYING: "In the moment in which we would need the most relevant countries in the world to be able to come together to narrow their differences and to try to find a way to move into peace for Syria, the tension around Ukraine would obviously not help." The crisis in Ukraine has seen tensions rise considerably between the U.S. and its allies and Russia over Moscow's seizure of the Crimea region. Guterres says he's worried the tensions between Russia and the West could worsen divides already played out at the U.N Security Council over Syria. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ANTONIO GUTERRES, U.N HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES, SAYING: "I think the Security Council reflects the divisions that exist today in the international community The international community has lost a lot of its capacity to prevent crises and timely solve them." The Syrian conflict enters its fourth year this week with no end in sight. The U.N is warning Syrians are about to replace Afghans as the world's largest refugee population saying more than three million Syrians may have fled. A report by the charity Save the Children this week said tens of thousands are dying, not from bombs and bullets but through disease and Syria's collapsing health system.

U.N. warns Ukraine harming Syria peace efforts

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 - 01:32

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