UN Demands Syrian Government Stop Violence (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/27/12)
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded on Thursday that the Syrian
government immediately comply with its commitment to withdraw troops
and heavy weapons from cities and towns.
The Associated Press quoted UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey as
having said that Ban is “deeply troubled” about reports from UN
military observers that military equipment and army personnel remain
in populated areas in violation of Syria’s pledge to pull them out.
In a statement, Del Buey added that the secretary-general is
also “gravely alarmed” at reports of continued violence and killing,
including shelling, explosions, and armed clashes in residential
He said the UN chief strongly condemns the continuing repression
against Syria’s civilian population which he says is “unacceptable
and must stop immediately.”
Earlier on Thursday, AP reported, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice
condemned the Syrian government’s continuing intense use of heavy
weapons in the central city of Hama and elsewhere, which has resulted
in a large number of civilian deaths every day.
She also condemned Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government for
refusing to implement international envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point
Rice told reporters that a deadly explosion that flattened houses in
Hama on Wednesday appears to be “the result of intense shelling”
though she couldn’t say this with certainty.
She reiterated that if the Assad regime continues to violate its
commitments and the UN observer mission does not lead to a sustained
cease-fire, the U.S. will again ask the Security Council to consider
sanctions against Syria.
Earlier on Thursday, Turkish and French officials said they were
mulling a potential military intervention in Syria if the violence
Annan told the UN Security Council earlier this week that the
situation in Syria is "bleak." He also expressed alarm at media
reports that Syrian troops continue to carry out military operations
in towns where UN observers are not present.
"If confirmed, this is totally unacceptable and reprehensible," Annan
Meanwhile on Thursday, a video uploaded to YouTube appears to show a
group of Syrian soldiers loyal to Assad burying a man who is alive,
as he pleads for mercy. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/27/12)
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