Ban slams Syria for assault on civilians

2012-04-07 12:00

New York - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sharply criticised the Syrian government on Friday for its latest deadly attacks on civilians and demanded that it keep its pledge to halt all military operations, Ban's press office said.

He suggested the killings were tantamount to a violation of Security Council demands that Damascus move toward a ceasefire.

"(Ban) strongly condemns the latest escalation of violence," the statement said. "He deplores the assault by the Syrian authorities against innocent civilians, including women and children, despite the commitments by the Government of Syria to cease all use of heavy weapons in population centres."

"The 10 April timeline to fulfil the government's implementation of its (ceasefire and troop withdrawal) commitments, as endorsed by the Security Council, is not an excuse for continued killing," it said.

At least 27 Syrian soldiers, rebels and civilians were killed in violence on Friday, opposition activists said, four days before an April 10 deadline to stop the use of heavy weapons and withdraw troops from towns agreed by President Bashar Assad as part of a UN-backed peace plan.


UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has said the government and opposition must stop fighting at 06:00 on April 12, if Damascus meets its deadline 48 hours earlier to pull back troops from cities and cease using heavy weapons.

Damascus has accepted the deadlines.

"The Syrian authorities remain fully accountable for grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law," Ban's statement said. "These must stop at once."

"The Secretary-General demands that the Government of Syria immediately and unconditionally cease all military actions against the Syrian people," it said.

The U.N. Security Council, including China and Syria's staunch ally, Russia, on Thursday unanimously adopted a so-called "presidential statement" endorsing the deadlines for an end to the Syria conflict and warning Damascus it would consider "further steps" if it failed to live up to its commitments.

Ban said the latest violence ran counter to what the 15-nation council had demanded of Syria.

"Such actions violate the consensus position of the Security Council, as expressed in its Presidential Statement of 5 April, for a peaceful political settlement to the Syrian crisis to be ushered by full implementation of all aspects of (Annan's) six-point (peace) proposal," his statement said.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-07 14:03

    MASS MURDERERS don't stop by themselves, like this terrorist gaddafi, they have to be stopped !!!! The day this is done , the killings will stop !!!!

  • GrootWitHaai - 2012-04-07 14:31

    The United Nations doing what it does best...wagging fingers and paying lip service and nothing more. One giant toothless dinosaur.

  • Fidel - 2012-04-07 14:31

    "The Secretary-General demands that the Government of Syria immediately and unconditionally cease all military actions against the Syrian people," it said. The resolution requires that BOTH sides stop firing!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-07 15:16

      You just don't get it !! The assad army are the AGGRESSORS. As soon as this TERRORIST will tell his snipers to stop firing life amunition at civilians, including women and children, and HIS tanks stop sending rockets in residential appartment blocks, the fighting will stop. What is sooo difficult for you to understand ? The way you talk, you might as well shout at a woman, who is being raped , to stop her aggression !!!! IT IS TOTALLY INSANE !!!!!!!

      Fred - 2012-04-08 04:24

      The same stupidity Fidel. Everyone with a clear mind knows what's really happening.

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