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Syria unrest: UN Security Council condemns crackdown on civilians

08-04-2011 14:22 BJT Special Report:Unrest in Syria |

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The United Nations Security Council has adopted a presidential statement on Syria, condemning Syrian authorities for the use of force against civilians and calling on all parties to the conflict to stop the violence.

The statement calls on Syrian authorities to fully respect human rights and comply with international law. The council expressed "profound regret" for the deaths in Syria and says those responsible for the violence should be held accountable. The Syrian regime has been using force since mid-March to put down citizen protests demanding political reforms. Some 1,700 civilians have been killed.

Assad has promised reforms, but the Council expressed regret at "the lack of progress" in implementing them and called on Assad to keep his word. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says he'll try to mobilize UN agencies to assist, and will fully cooperate with all international NGOs and other relevant agencies.

Ban Ki-Moon said, "I again urge President Assad - please listen more attentively. There have been many calls from the international community, including from myself, that just continuing like this is not sustainable, and that he cannot, and they cannot, continue like this, killing their people."

 

UN Chief condemns violence in Syria

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has also voiced deep concern over reports of violence in the Syrian city of Hama and other towns across the country over the weekend. The UN chief strongly condemns the use of force against civilians and is calling on the government of Syria to immediately halt the violence. Full story >>

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has also voiced deep concern over reports of violence in the Syrian city of Hama and other towns across the country over the weekend. The UN chief strongly condemns the use of force against civilians and is calling on the government of Syria to immediately halt the violence.

Syria: Over 70 killed in Sunday's crackdown

Syrian troops kept up attacks, in the restive city of Hama Monday, this is the first day for Muslim's, holy month of Ramadan. The attacks also come a day after a brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters, killed more than 70. Full story >>

The Security Council members have gathered for closed consultations, following
demands from European powers to condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's deadly
crackdown on opposition protests.

Syria forces occupy central Hama

Syrian tanks occupied the main square in central Hama Wednesday after heavy shelling of the city, residents said, taking control of the site of some of the largest protests against President Bashar al-Assad. Full story >>

Smoke is seen near a tank at Al-Bahra roundabout in Hama in this still image taken from
video made available on August 3, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

 

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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