Ban urges new approaches to protection of civilians

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the Security Council to use all the tools in its arsenal to protect civilians in armed conflict.

The message came during an open debate of the council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

Mr. Ban pointed to several examples including Syria, where he said government forces and armed groups are fighting with no apparent concern for civilians. He also said attacks in the country were growing in frequency and brutality.

Mr. Ban told Council members that meeting the challenges of civilian protection in Syria and elsewhere around the world requires political will.

"It also implies the will, on the part of the Council, to deliver on its long-standing commitment to the protection of civilians by consistently using the tools at its disposal, including the imposition of arms embargoes, targeted sanctions and referral of situations to the International Criminal Court."

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