Violence in Syria hindering dialogue

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Demonstration in Syria

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the continued use of military force by both the Syrian government and rebel forces.

 Mr Ban said failure to embrace dialogue is complicating efforts by the United Nations to facilitate a transition and promote the peace the Syrian people deserve.

 Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, the Secretary-General said perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria must be brought to justice regardless of their affiliation.

"I am deeply troubled by the aerial bombardments of civilians by Government forces; by the increasing sectarian tensions; by the deteriorating humanitarian situation; and by the apparent choice of both sides to pursue a solution through force rather than dialogue.  While the Security Council has been divided on the situation, the General Assembly and this Council have acted.  I regret that your recommendations were not followed-up by other relevant United Nations organs."

The Secretary-General encouraged the Human Rights Council to maintain its vigilance on Syria including on the question of accountability.

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