Ban: Syria govt must stop using weapons

2012-08-31 22:16

Tehran - UN chief Ban Ki-moon told Syria's prime minister in Tehran on Friday that fighting must stop in Syria "with the primary responsibility resting on the government to halt its use of heavy weapons".

In the meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, Ban said he set out "my demands for all sides to cease all forms of violence", with Damascus bearing the greatest responsibility.

"What is important at this time is that all the parties must stop the violence. All those actors who may be providing arms to both sides... must stop," Ban said at a news conference broadcast live on Iranian television.

The UN secretary general held his meeting with Halaqi on the sidelines of a two-day Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran that was to end on Friday.

Ban said he had asked Iran to support his call on Syria, "and I have a strong assurance from Iran that it will do so".
He also said he had a series of meetings with joint UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who has taken over from Kofi Annan international efforts to broker peace in Syria.

The bloody conflict in Syria has claimed more than 26 000 lives since it began in March 2011, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Iran, the principal ally of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has accused the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey of arming Syria's rebels.

The Syrian opposition and US officials in turn allege that Iran is giving military help to Assad.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-31 23:14

    There is only one solution to what for the Syrians, is a nitemare; The ouster of this assad family. This illegitimate regime, is not going to lay down it weapons, cause that would mean the end of this regime within days. The opposition is not going to lay down its weapons, cause that would mean a further 50 years of tyranny, cause a dictator will never give up power voluntarily. So, here we have a full scale civil war, where the regime is bombing from the air, unarmed civilians waiting in a que, to bread!!!! And we have the opposition shooting down MIGS !!! Russia has the power to shorten this war, but is unlikely to do so ! So, it will go on, until the opposition achieve what it set out ( 50 years ago !! ) 18 months ago; the replacement of a terrorist regime, with democracy !! They will succeed !!!

  • juannepierre - 2012-09-01 04:18

    The UN, they're like a modern version of Marie Antoinette, with power to do something but too weak to act on anything, relying more on cheap talk. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we ate the cake... We still hungry.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-01 05:40

      When two members of the Security Council veto action, it becomes powerless. It is then up to the countries on their own to act.

  • sansagain.sansagain - 2012-09-01 14:00

    No way to stop this war while bandits are supported by US, Saudi and Turkey If Assad is removed by force it will be non-stop war like it is going on now in Lybia. Only cynical idiot will deny disaster in Lybia.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-01 15:36

      Sansagain wants brutal, unelected dictatorships. Sad.

  • shane.loxton - 2012-09-01 15:18

    The UN like any government is rotten and corrupt to the core,the book Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos by Dore GoldGold, Israel's former ambassador to the United Nations, tackles the infrastructure of the organization and the many problems for which it has been responsible, a timely subject given the growing size of the oil-for-food scam. Gold's metaphor of the U.N. as the Tower of Babble is fitting because, like the Bible story (where the language barrier prevented proper communication), here, too, chaos is the name of the game; everyone is on a different page in a different language. Over the years, the U.N. has shown particular indulgence for mass murder as we witnessed in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Bosnia but as horrendous as these acts were, the U.N. has taken a special liking to the Palestinian cause and has become a de facto front group for Yasir Arafat and his legacy of terrorism. The author offers an insider's perspective as he witnessed the U.N. from within; he saw, for example, how it failed to take any role in Afghanistan during the rise of the Taliban, and how it failed to deploy peacekeepers in Rwanda and Bosnia prior to the mass killings. However, these humanitarian global scandals pale in comparison to the U.N.'s terrorist ties, which are a special interest of Gold's. UNRWA's appalling depth of terrorist infiltration demonstrates how much the U.N. has been compromised over the years. Many of UNRWA's staff are known members of Hamas.

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