Ban Ki-moon warns of possible "long-term civil war" in Syria
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Friday that Syria faced the "grim possibility of long-term civil war", DPA reported.
He warned of the risk of a "proxy war, with regional and international players arming one side or the other."
"What is specially tragic about Syria is that this catastrophe was avoidable," he told the UN General Assembly. He said the Syrian government should have responded favourably to demand of peaceful demonstrators in March 2011, but instead it met them with "brutal force."