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Annan's deputy: Syria uprising is unlikely to stop

UNITED NATIONS - International mediator Kofi Annan's deputy told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that Syria's 14-month-old uprising is unlikely to stop without political negotiations between the government and opposition, UN diplomats said.
"(The) uprising in Syria has the characteristics of a revolutionary movement," a diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity, summarizing remarks Annan's deputy Jean-Marie Guehenno made to the 15-nation council. Another diplomat confirmed Guehenno made the remarks."People have lost (their) fear and are unlikely to stop their movement," the first diplomat said, adding that Guehenno also said that "direct engagement between government and opposition (is) impossible at the moment."
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