Syria crisis: Clinton lambasts China and Russia as Kofi Annan urges unity

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Image from a quicklink Clinton used a conference of the Friends of Syria group in Paris to demand that Russia and China join the three western members of the UN security council to pressure Assad over an escalating conflict that has left 15,000 dead and is inflaming the wider region. But Annan, the UN envoy to Syria who conspicuously stayed at his Geneva HQ and sent his two deputies to Paris, told the Guardian the bickering had to stop. He also insisted that Iran had a role to play in resolving the crisis -- a position that is vigorously opposed by the west because it is a key supporter of Assad.

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