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Top UN chiefs demand that world leaders find Syria solution

March 13, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Eight top U.N. officials have issued a joint demand for world leaders to put differences aside and find an end to the Syrian crisis, saying the credibility of the international community is at stake.

Friday’s statement from the heads of the World Health Organization, the World Food Program, UNICEF and the U.N. agencies for refugees and humanitarian aid comes as Syria’s civil war enters its fifth year.

The statement follows the U.N. secretary-general’s statement Thursday that described the international community as “divided and incapable of taking collective action” in the civil war.

The U.N. Security Council has been unable to take strong action because of the threat of a veto from permanent member Russia, Syria’s ally.

Two special representatives of the secretary-general and a commissioner-general also signed Friday’s statement.

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