Extraordinary and dangerous demotion of UN role

David Cameron and Barack Obama say that Syria policy cannot be left to the UN. Credit: Stefan Roussseau/PA Wire

There is an extraordinary and dangerous demotion of the role of the United Nations as David Cameron and Barack Obama say that Syria policy cannot be left to the UN.

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G20: 'UN paralysed over Syria'

World leaders have failed to reach agreement on the Syria crisis despite days of talks at the G20 summit in Russia. In a joint statement, 11 country's leaders - but not Vladimir Putin - admitted the UN Security Council "remains paralysed over Syria."