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UN chief Guterres: Situation in Middle East threatens global security

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (Reuters)
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all states "to act responsibly in these dangerous circumstances" during his speech before the Security Council on Syria on Friday, warning that the escalated violence in the Middle East has become a threat to global peace.

"Increasing tensions and the inability to reach a compromise in the establishment of an accountability mechanism threaten to lead to a full-blown military escalation," Guterres told the 15-member council.

Russian UN ambassador told the Security Council that US, France and Britain are only interested in ousting Syrian government and containing Russia, adding that Russia has a 'proof' that Britain took part in staged Syria chemical attack.

Russia accused the West of having the sole aim in Syria of overthrowing the government as it urged US, French and British leaders to refrain from military action.

"We continue to observe dangerous military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state," Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council.

The US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Friday there should be no rush to launch military action on Syria, but that "at one point you have to do something."

Haley said US estimates Syrian president Assad has used chemical weapons in Syrian war at least 50 times, and that Russia has used the veto 12 times to protect Assad regime.