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Syria regrets UN chief civil war warning

2012-05-31 21:33

Damascus - Syria said on Thursday that it regretted Ban Ki-moon's warning of a "catastrophic civil war", saying the UN chief had become a "herald" of such a conflict.

"It is regrettable that the secretary general of the United Nations has departed from his mission of maintaining peace and security in the world to become a herald of civil war," foreign ministry spokesperson Jihad Makdisi told a Damascus news conference.

Ban said earlier that massacres of the sort seen last week near the central town of Houla, in which at least 108 people were killed, "could plunge Syria into a catastrophic civil war, a civil war from which the country would never recover".

Ban's remarks came amid mounting international outrage over the massacre in which 49 children were among the dead, according to a body count by UN military observers.

Makdisi was speaking after General Kassem Jamal Sleiman, head of Syria's official inquiry into the incident, said that it was carried out by "armed groups" and not by government forces as has been widely reported, including by UN agencies.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-05-31 21:49

    The UN also made Mugabe a Tourism Ambassador this week - sort of dilutes any statement on important issues like this.

      Larry - 2012-06-01 09:27

      The UN is a wholly discredited talk-shop. Ironically, this democratic institution is choc-a-bloc with non-democratic members who revel in the mahem they can cause. The UN should expel all despotic regimes. These regimes should allign themselves in their own organisation and make their own pronouncements for the free world to reject with contempt.

      Fidel - 2012-06-01 09:33

      But there's no "democracy" in the UN Larry, it is might that rules. And I thought you knew this?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-01 17:39

      134 countries of the 151 on Earth voted in general assembly that Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-01 02:03

    The Syrian regime, Russia and China are heralding civil war. This much is obvious. And the US is allowing it to happen.

  • Fidel - 2012-06-01 08:01

    The Syrian conflict become a civil war when the decadent democracy loving Gulf monarchies decided to arm the opposition.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-01 15:53

      More blindness from you Fidel, and not a word about the butchering of Syrian families by Assad and his destruction of Syria. Not a word about Putin's arming of Assad. On the contrary, you've openly lauded Putin for his stance on Syria. You are complicit in the murder of Syrians and the destruction of Syria.

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