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Assad: Syria won't give up dignity

08-18-2011 13:48 BJT

The UN says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that military and police operations against pro-democracy protesters have stopped.

In a phone call with the Syrian leader on Wednesday, Ban expressed alarm at the latest reports of continued widespread violations of human rights and excessive use of force by Syrian security forces against civilians across Syria.

Ban stresses that all military operations and mass arrests must cease immediately. The government crackdown is estimated to have killed at least 2,000 civilians since the protests began five months ago.

The developments are part of a flurry of diplomatic manoeuvres ramping up the pressure on Assad to stop his military and police crackdown on protesters against his rule.

 

 

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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