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UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has said the world must send a clear and united message that the killing of civilians in Syria is "simply unacceptable," as he arrived in Turkey after weekend talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Annan said he was trying to get everybody to the table through a political process, while ensuring that humanitarian
access is opened and the killing of civilians stops.

"Since I came to the region I am following very, very closely developments in Syria and there are grave and appalling reports of atrocities and abuses," Annan told reporters in Ankara before meeting Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

"Killings of civilians must end now. The world must send a clear and united message that this is simply unacceptable."

Annan, who held talks with Qatari leaders before visiting Turkey, said he was trying to bring about a solution as swiftly as possible, and provide relief to civilians in the areas worst hit by the fighting between forces loyal to Assad and rebels.

Annan will also meet opposition Syrian national council in Ankara on Tuesday, envoys spokesman said.

[Source: Reuters]

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