UN Secretary-General warns Syria tensions could lead to "full-blown military escalation"

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With that objetive, terrorist groups that now attack different parts of that territory receive external support and financing, as has been denounced by Syria and Russian Federation on several occasions to the Security Council.

"In my contacts with you - especially with the permanent members of the Security Council - I have been reiterating my deep concerns about the risks of the current impasse and stressed the need to avoid the situation spiralling out of control".

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said the situation in Syria "represents the most serious threat to worldwide peace and security".

On the other hand, the recent threats by US President Donald Trump of an imminent attack on Syria have increased tensions and uncertainty on the global scenario.

He also said the Middle East region is facing "a true Gordian knot - different fault lines crossing each other and creating a highly volatile situation with risks of escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see with profound regional and global ramifications".

"The Cold War is back - with a vengeance but with a difference", he added.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the United Nations chief expressed regret that the Security Council's veto-holding powers have "been unable to reach agreement" on the Syria issue.

But Guterres said Syria today is the most serious, and "there is no military solution to the conflict".

US President Trump appeared to roll back somewhat on his threat for a military strike against Syria, tweeting that action could be taken "very soon or not so soon at all". "But should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree", Haley told the UN Security Council.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the use of chemical weapons in Syria threatens world peace and that Russian Federation is responsible.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre told the Security Council meeting that world powers must respond to the threat of repeated use of toxic gas as a weapon in Syria's war. She also said that no country should use chemical weapons and go unpunished.