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    Kofi Annan Calls for End to Sponsoring Militants, Government in Syria

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    Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General, addressed the participants of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday with a plea to halt military and financial assistance to both the Syrian government and the militants.

    MUNICH, (Sputnik)  Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan addressed the participants of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday with a plea to halt military and financial assistance to both the Syrian government and the militants to finally tackle the crisis in the country.

    "Efforts of the past three years did not bring any results. We have to raise new approaches that would be effective," Annan said.

    Syria is currently being torn by the civil war that broke out in 2011, with the country's army fighting several opposition and rebel groups.

    "To stop this, we have to have a common approach. We should refuse sending weapons, sending money to the militants or to the government unless we are together to stop the crisis," the former UN chief added.

    According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), almost 4 million of Syrians have fled to Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey amid hostilities. Overall, nearly 200,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the conflict, according to the United Nations.

    The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group is posing the most serious threat to Syria, as it has already managed to seize large parts of the country, as well as some territories in Iraq, continuously trying to make further advances.

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