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Germany calls for new action in Syria

Friday, June 08, 2012 - 01:23

June 8 - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Beirut warns the region will be 'set on fire' without new action in Syria as dangerous protests continue. Sunita Rappai reports.

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Talking about a revolution - singers in the town of Idlib in Syria take to the rooftops to call for freedom. Protest singers like Abul Najem rally hundreds of protesters regularly, calling for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad. These singers have become one of the main symbols of the Syrian uprising despite facing harsh punishment if caught. On-going violence in the country sparked renewed calls for action by Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at a meeting in Beirut on Friday. He said that while support for Kofi Annan's peace plan remains, more pressure was needed to avert a regional meltdown. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, GUIDO WESTERWELLE, SAYING: "We must stop the violence in Syria, we must avoid regional conflagration that can set the whole region on fire. A political solution in Syria is still possible and necessary but new action is needed.'' Westerwelle's call comes after a warning by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon that full-blown civil war in Syria is imminent. Sunita Rappai, Reuters

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Germany calls for new action in Syria

Friday, June 08, 2012 - 01:23