Security Council statement on Syria "Turning Point": Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Malaysia

The Security Council has sent an unmistakable message to Syria that all violence must stop, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a press conference at the conclusion of his visit to Malaysia on Thursday.

Mr. Ban also said “nobody is discussing military operations” to resolve the crisis there.

Instead, he says a team is still in the country pushing for the adoption of the 6-point peace plan put forward by the UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria.

"All the violence must stop and there should be an inclusive political negotiation for the resolution of this issue."

The Security Council issued a Presidential Statement on Wednesday in support of the Joint UN-Arab Leagues Special Envoy Kofi Annan and his peace plan.

The UN estimates that at least 8,000 people have died in the ongoing violence in Syria since the anti-government uprising began.

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