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Military approach to Syrian crisis will fuel civil war: India

United Nations: India has warned against adopting a military approach to resolve the deteriorating Syrian crisis, expressing apprehensions that growing militarisation might wreck "havoc" in the region and fuel a large-scale sectarian civil war.

India`s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri said a military approach to tackle the Syrian crisis would result in "havoc" as it would lead to aiding and abetting of terrorism which would have serious consequences for the entire region.

"India continues to remain deeply concerned at the deteriorating situation in Syria. We strongly condemn all violence, irrespective of who the perpetrators are. We also condemn all violations of human rights," Puri said here at the informal plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly on the situation in Syria.

Puri said the "growing militarization" of the conflict would have serious consequences for peace, stability and security not only in the troubled nation but also in the larger region. "A military approach to the Syrian crisis will not only further exacerbate the situation and fuel a large-scale sectarian civil war but also cause havoc by aiding and abetting terrorism and proliferation of weapons that will have serious consequences for the entire region and beyond," Puri said.

The crisis in Syria, which began over a year ago following the Arab Spring movement, has worsened despite efforts by UN and Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan and special UN observers to bring an end to the violence.

Annan told the General Assembly that his six-point peace plan is not being implemented in the troubled nation and warned of an "all-out civil war" if urgent and united action is not taken to end the bloodshed.

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