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Russia to Press Syria to Enter Talks as UN Warns of Total War

Russia said it agreed to step up pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to return to the negotiating table, as the United Nations warned the risk of sectarian war was increasing daily.

Kofi Annan, the UN special envoy to Syria, said that the level of violence has “escalated” and “the specter of total civil war, with a worrying sectarian dimension, grows by the day,” he told a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers today in Doha, Qatar.