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Ban Ki-moon slams Syria election

2012-05-07 22:12

New York - UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Monday slammed the Syrian government for holding a national election while violence is still raging and for failing to involve all parties.

"Only a comprehensive and inclusive political dialogue can lead to a genuine democratic future in Syria," Ban said through his spokesperson Martin Nesirky. "These elections are not taking place within that framework.

"Moreover, a democratic process cannot be successful while violence is still ongoing," he added.

"It is essential that there be a cessation of violence in all its forms and action to implement" the six-point peace plan of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, Ban said in the short statement.

The legislative election called by President Bashar al-Assad's government has been dismissed as a sham by the Syrian opposition which has called for a boycott.

The election was called despite Syria being in the grip of an uprising against Assad which the UN says has left well over 9 000 dead since March 2011.

Comments
  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-07 23:48

    Ban Ki knows what's going on. At least there's one person standing on strong principles.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-08 04:12

    This terrorist assad, like any dictator, has lost any sense of reality !!!

  • Matt - 2012-05-08 09:18

    Nowadays when you disagree with something you may as well be slamming it. What a dumb title.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-05-08 09:23

    Are the people of Syria that stupid? I bed to differ- I think they still want their dictator in power. Why are they not abstaining from the elections

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-08 09:57

    What does Ban Ki-moon know about politics and what goes on in Syria !!! After all, he is ONLY the SG of the UN !!!!!! Who does he think he is ????? Patrick !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-09 08:30

      Patrick, It must be getting lonely on your fast estate!! Not only on this site, but in almost the whole world, you are just about the ONLY ONE, who still believes in this assad thug....!!! He fooled the Russians, he fooled Kofi Annan, and he fooled you !! Come, for once, be a man, and admit, you were wrong about Libya, and you are wrong about Syria !! Take a deep breath, and say " a hundred times sorry, for ALL these silly and untrue comments, I made over the past 14 months...............

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-09 11:32

      Not to criticize the slaughtering of 9000 unarmed civilians, and than to say , "you don't take sides", would be laughable, would it not be so serious !!! You always ask others questions, and seem to get rather upset if you don't get an answer, that is rather silly, as you also don't answer questions.................... If you would have been living in Syria, and after 48 years you had enough of this evil assad family , and although there is a parliament, but it is useless , as it has NO power, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE ???????? And if you would have gone onto the streets, like tens of thousands of Syrians, have now done for 15 months, UNARMED, and "protesting" against this illegitimate regime, and this terrorist assad, orders his soldiers to shoot at you, TO KILL !! WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE ???????/

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-09 11:35

      And a final question Patrick, How come, you use soo much "FILTH" in your comments ?? You think it is kul, or is it just a bad habit ???

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-09 18:12

      NO !!! Because you CAN'T answer these questions, for that reason you have lost any credibility on these sites. You can ONLY spew out ANTI WESTERN HATRED. --------------THAT'S ALL , YOU GOT TO OFFER-----------------------

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