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"I must warn that ill-considered military action could cause serious and tragic consequences, and with an increased threat of further sectarian violence," Ban said in his remarks at the Humanitarian Initiative on Syria, held on the margins of the G20 summit.
"We should explore ways to avoid further militarization of the conflict and revitalize the search for a political settlement instead."
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States did not rule out the possibility of returning to the United Nations Security Council to secure a resolution on Syria once U.N. inspectors complete their report.
"A lot will depend on the permanent members of the UN Security Council.
"They need to show the Cold War is over, that they are able to work together," he said.
Gorbachev took a jab at France, a vocal supporter of intervention in Syria.
"I was surprised that France, instead of supporting an international conference, is taking its current position on Syria," he said.
"I think that France will have to change its position."