Ban urges Syrian President to act swiftly to end violence

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Syrian President Assad is being urged to take immediate steps to bring an end to the violence and abuses, and address the humanitarian crisis.

The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday during a Security Council briefing on the Middle East.

Assad is also being asked to act swiftly in response to the peace proposals put forward by the Joint Special Envoy, Kofi Annan.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon warns that the spiral of violence in Syria could lead the region into uncertainty.

"The Syrian government has failed to fulfill its responsibility to protect its own people, and instead has subjected citizens in several cities to military assault and disproportionate use of force. These shameful operations continue leading both Syria and the region into uncertainty."

The UN Chief has also appealed to the Security Council to unite strongly behind Mr. Annan's peace mission.

He commended Russia and China for their efforts to engage with Syria and the Arab League of Nations in order to resolve the crisis.

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