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Syrian president warned to allow deployment of UN observers | guardian.co.uk

Bashar al-Assad accused of wanting to ‘wipe Homs off the map’ as activists report 17 people killed by security forces

UN observers must be swiftly deployed to Syria or “other options” will be considered, President Bashar al-Assad was warned as western countries kept up pressure on him to maintain a shaky ceasefire and comply with an internationally backed peace plan to end the crisis.

In Paris, President Nicolas Sarkozy compared the situation in the Syrian city of Homs to that of Benghazi in Libya, where attacks by the Gaddafi regime triggered Nato intervention last year. Sarkozy also repeated a call to set up humanitarian corridors in Syria – a suggestion other countries consider unrealistic and unlikely to win backing from Russia.

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