Ban Ki-moon calls for UN access in Syria

The Secretary-General of the UN has called on the President of Syria to allow the UN immediate access to the country, to assess the humanitarian needs of the population.

Ban Ki-moon on the phone

Ban Ki-moon on the phone

Ban Ki-moon spoke to Bashar al-Assad, the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, on the telephone on Wednesday, following further violence in a number of Syrian towns.

The Secretary-General also repeated his calls for an immediate end to violence against peaceful demonstrators in Syria, and for an independent investigation of all killings during the protests.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General made three main points.

“One is that now is the time for bold and decisive measures, political reforms. Secondly, he asked that Syria should cooperate with the Human Rights Council-mandated Commission. And thirdly, he urged President Assad to allow in a humanitarian assessment team given the widespread concern in the international community about the humanitarian situation in Syria."

 


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