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UN Council must prevent Syria 'spiralling out of control': Guterres

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The UN Antonio today voiced concern to the Security Council's five permanent members over the "impasse" on Syria, stressing "the need to avoid the situation spiralling out of control."

His comments follow the Council's failure to agree on a response to an in Syria's rebel-held Douma over the weekend that has triggered global fury.

"I have also been closely following developments in the and regret that the Council has so far been unable to reach agreement on this issue," said in a statement, referring to members the United States, Russia, China, and Britain.

"Today, I called the of the five Permanent Members of the to reiterate my deep concern about the risks of the current impasse and stressed the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control," the UN said.

"Let us not forget that, ultimately, our efforts must be about ending the terrible suffering of the Syrian people."

Yesterday the deeply divided Council failed to pass a resolution to launch or support a probe into the alleged use of Saturday in Douma, near Damascus, despite three separate votes on rival proposals from the and

and today were locked in an increasingly tense stand-off on Syria, with US warning that "missiles will be coming" against the Syrian regime in response to the alleged attacks, as scrambled to deflect blame from its ally

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 08:15 IST