UN chief calls for action on Syria

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The international community has been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take action to end the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Mr. Ban spoke in the General Assembly as it met on Friday to adopt a resolution condemning the ongoing violence in the country.

He said the conflict in Syria is a test of everything the United Nations stands for.

"United international pressure can make a difference. The Syrian people need action. Their aspirations have been denied. Their suffering is profound, and the increasing militarization promise only worse. The primary responsibility for stopping the violence rests with those on the ground, particularly the government. But their refusal to lay down arms does not absolve the rest of us of the need to act."

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The General Assembly met a day after Kofi Annan resigned as the joint envoy of the United Nations and Arab League for Syria.

The Security Council has been unable to take action on Syria as a result of the veto by Russia and China.

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