Annan says world must prevent civil war in Syria

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said today that there has been a "decrease in military activities" in Syria, but the level of violence is still "unacceptable".

Mr Annan told a conference in Geneva that the UN could not allow Syria to go into "full-scale civil war", but the latest spate of bombings were "worrying" sign. He said:

"If it fails and it were to lead into a civil war, it will not affect only Syria, it will have an impact on the whole region.

– Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General