Ban says Syria violating Security Council demands

UNITED NATIONS- UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Friday that a new surge in attacks by Syrian government forces on protest cities violates the UN Security Council's united demand for a peaceful end to the conflict.
The UN secretary general indicated that he believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is using an April 10 deadline to pull troops and heavy weapons away from cities as "an excuse" to step up killing.

Ban "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," said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky.
"The April 10 timeline to fulfill the government's implementation of its commitments, as endorsed by the Security Council, is not an excuse for continued killing," Ban added.
"Such actions violate the consensus position of the Security Council" which backed the peace plan drawn up by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan and the April 10 deadline he agreed with Assad, he said, according to Nesirky.
Ban said he was "gravely concerned" at the worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria. "The latest reports of growing numbers of refugee arrivals in neighboring countries are alarming," he said.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu informed Ban about a new surge in refugee arrivals in a telephone conversation on Thursday night, the UN spokesman said.

Saturday, April 7th 2012

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