UN chief rails against lead­ers with ‘bloody hands’ in Syria

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki­moon railed Tues­day against lead­ers who keep “feed­ing the war ma­chine” in Syria as he bowed out of the world stage, while Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said there was no mil­i­tary so­lu­tion to the five-year con­flict and de­scribed a globe in the throes of a con­test be­tween au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism and democ­racy.

Both Ban and Obama were mak­ing their fi­nal speeches at the an­nual gath­er­ing of world lead­ers at the United Na­tions. They did so against a back­drop of mount­ing blood­shed and a fail­ing cease-fire in Syria, es­ca­lat­ing at­tacks around the world by Is­lamic ex­trem­ists, and mil­lions of peo­ple flee­ing fight­ing and poverty.

The U.N. chief, whose 10-year pe­riod at the helm of the un­wieldy world body ends Dec. 31, vented his pent-up frus­tra­tion with un­char­ac­ter­is­tic can­dor, say­ing “pow­er­ful pa­trons” on both sides in the Syr­ian con­flict — which he did not iden­tify — “have blood on their hands.”

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