Stop killing your people, Ban tells Assad

2012-01-15 11:50

Beirut - United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon urged Syria's President Bashar Assad on Sunday to halt violence against a 10-month uprising and said the "old order" of dynasties and one-man rule in the Arab world was coming to an end.

"Today, I say again to President Assad of Syria: Stop the violence. Stop killing your people. The path of repression is a dead end," Ban told a conference in Lebanon on political reform.

The United Nations says more than 5 000 people have been killed in Syria's crackdown on protests which erupted against Assad in March, inspired by other uprisings that toppled three Arab leaders last year.

Syria says 2 000 members of the government forces have been killed by "armed terrorists".

"From the very beginning of the ... revolutions, from Tunisia through Egypt and beyond, I called on leaders to listen to their people," Ban said.

"Some did, and benefited. Others did not, and today they are reaping the whirlwind."

On reform in the region, Ban said the United Nations was supporting change in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen.

"We are firmly committed to help Arab countries through this transition, by every means," he said.

  • peter.vanachter - 2012-01-15 12:18

    One way of sorting this out, if his army does not listen to the people, let the world mobelise against him and bomb him out..

  • Anthony - 2012-01-15 12:29

    This Bastard all-Assad will NEVER leave on his own accord, Dictators don't do things like that. These thugs, with their criminal families, surround themselves with "loyal" aides, who will shield them from anything "negative" , like the fact that their "own" people have had enough of their tyranny, and that this time, no force, how brutal it might be, will stop their quest for freedom. Any decent nation should give support to these brave people, and if that means to get Nato involved, than so it be!!!!!

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-15 12:39

    Why does this toothless organisation, the UN, headed by Ban Ki-moon bother to get involved when no-one listenes to a word he says anyway !!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-15 14:20

    And Assad gonna listen to Ban Ki Moon?? Ja rite, wtfeva

  • ISO - 2012-01-15 14:21

    The UN shouldnt speak twice! Just go in and take these dictators out! Plain and simple - quick and effective. There is no place on this earth for them!

  • Sinudeity - 2012-01-15 14:30

    Heres to the death of many more dictators in 2012.

      Anthony - 2012-01-15 15:52

      @Sinudeity, Yes , let the good year of 2011 continue; 1) Tunesia=====Ben Ali Current status; On the run, Complaining that the new government wants the billions back, he and his family stole from the Tunesian people. 2) Egypt===Hosni Mubarak, Current status; in a cage, his lovely corrupt sons likely to spend the rest of their lives in jail, for stealing billions!!! 3) Libya===Muammar Gaddafi Current status; in hell, can not understand why the millions of Lybians who loved him so much, danced in the streets of Tripoli, on hearing about his death. His ever so corrupt, and violent son Saif, to rot in jail. 4) Syria===Bastard all Assad Current status; Too busy mowing down the Syrian oposition, to realize that the days of his tyranny are coming to an end 5) Yemen===Ali Abdullah Saleh Current status; Using every trick to cling on to power, but days are numbered. 6) Zimbabwe===Robert Mugabe Current status; Pending, Any leader who is responsible that mothers, while leaving their own kids behind with relatives, have to crawl under barbed wire , to get into another country, so for them and their loved ones to stay alive, iS a criminal THUG 7) Angola===Eduardo dos Santos Current status; Pending, Hoping that before he flees, he will return the billions and billions, he stole from the Angolan people 8) 9) 10) 11)_

  • toibry - 2012-01-15 22:36

    Why do the nations rage and the people's plot in vain?

  • Ballito - 2012-01-17 12:23

    tell this chinese puppet to keep quiet.what he does not realise is that he has a millions peoples blood in his Nelson Mandel atold before george Bush is a mad man i am saying Ban is a mad man

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