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UN adviser on genocide prevention notes Syria, CAR

December 9, 2013

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general’s special adviser on genocide prevention says Syria and the Central African Republic are “stark reminders of our limitations and our inability to undertake robust, timely action to protect populations from atrocity crimes.”

Adama Dieng spoke Monday on the 65th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Dieng has spoken out on Syria before. He used this latest event to criticize the international community for failing too often to take action against genocide.

Activists say Syria’s civil war, now in its third year, has killed more than 120,000 people.

The Central African Republic has seen the emergence of Muslim-Christian violence after Muslim rebels overthrew the government nine months ago.

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