Ban expresses hope for united action from Security Council on Syria

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed hope that the UN Security Council will speak with one voice when it comes to a resolution regarding Syria.

There are a number of proposals in front of the Council that members have been debating.

The Secretary-General said he hopes they come together in a united manner to help end the bloodshed and allow Syrians to begin a political dialogue leading to a Syrian-led transition.

Mr. Ban made the comments following meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Beijing Wednesday. China is a Permanent Member of the Council.

"I have explained how serious the situation is now and all the leaders in China have also shared my view that this situation is very serious. Therefore, I sincerely hope that the Members of the Security Council will be able to discuss with a sense of urgency and take collective action with a sense of unity. We cannot go on this way. So many people have lost their lives during such a long time. I sincerely hope that Members of the Security Council will be united and take action."

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On Tuesday, in contacts with a number of Governments, the Joint Special Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan, urged members of the Security Council to unite and take concerted and strong action that would help stem the bloodshed in Syria and build momentum for a political transition. 

The Joint Special Envoy for Syria condemns all bloodshed, and violence in all its forms, and believes that today’s violence only underscores the urgency of decisive Council action.

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