UN chief urges talks to end Syria ‘nightmare’

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DOHA, May 22, (APP/AFP) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged regional and international powers to push Syrian warring parties to engage in talks on a political transition to end their country’s “nightmare”.

“United Nations special envoy (Staffan de Mistura) continues to work intently with the parties towards meaningful talks. We need a full and immediate cessation of hostilities. Just as important we need to begin discussions on the transition ,” Ban told the Doha forum for democracy and development in the Qatari capital.

“I feel that without such a political horizon, a further escalation is all too likely.