UN chief demands global action to end war in Syria

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UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded international action to stop the war in Syria, telling a somber gathering of world leaders today that the 18-month conflict had become “a regional calamity with global ramifications.”

Opening the U.N. General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting, Ban said in his state of the world speech that he was sounding the alarm about widespread insecurity and injustice, inequality and intolerance in many countries.

Putting the spotlight on Syria, the U.N. chief said “the international community should not look the other way as violence spirals out of control.”

In sharp contrast to the U.N. chief, President Barack Obama pledged U.S. support for Syrians trying to oust President Bashar Assad — “a dictator who massacres his own people.”

While Obama didn’t call for an end to the violence, he made no mention of arming the opposition.

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