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Syria crisis: Brahimi calls for unity government

27 December 2012 Last updated at 13:50 GMT

The international envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has called for the formation of a Syrian national unity government with full executive powers until elections can be held.

Speaking in Damascus, Mr Brahimi said there needed to be "real change" and a swift political end to the crisis that is estimated to have killed around 45,000 people.

James Reynolds reports.