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Carr wants world to 'take notice'

Foreign Minister Bob Carr
Foreign Minister Bob Carr

MORE than 145,000 Syrian refugees have already fled to neighbouring Jordan, prompting Australian Foreign Minister to call on the world community to "take notice".

He said the United Nations Security Council's failure to act on Syria was resulting in more than 1000 Syrians fleeing to Jordan every day.

Jordan's hospitals, shelter and water supplies were already at breaking point with the country already housing 450,000 Iraqi and up to two million Palestinian refugees, Senator Carr said.Senator Carr made the comments after meeting Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman on Friday (AEST).

"The stresses on this country must be counted as yet another cost of the world community's failure to settle on effective action," Senator Carr said.

"I appeal to the world to take notice, not just of the crisis in Syria, but of the burden to Jordan that this crisis represents."

A further 500,000 Syrian refugees are on the move inside the country, Senator Carr said.

He said Australians would also be disappointed at the resignation of Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan, who has cited disunity on the Security Council and the intransigence of the Assad regime as the reasons for his departure.

It comes at the New York Times reported the Syrian government's weapons were becoming a liability as it struggled to keep its sophisticated and maintenance-intensive weapons functioning.

Syrian rebels had turned part of Mr Assad's formidable arsenal on his own troops, the newspaper reported.

There were also reports Syria's heavy weaponry was designed for a major battle with a foreign enemy, namely Israel, rather than a protracted civil conflict with his own people.

Topics:  bob carr, jordan, syria, united nations




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