UN chief expresses "deep frustration" about killings in Syria

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Secretary-General(right) meets with Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Syrian Arab Republic.

The ongoing killings in Syria are causing what has been described as "deep frustration" for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, according to his spokesperson.

Mr. Ban met with Walid Al-Moualem, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Syrian Arab Republic on Monday.

UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General and the Syrian Foreign Minister discussed the growing humanitarian crisis inside Syria which is spilling over into neighbouring countries.

"The Secretary-General raised in the strongest terms the continued killings, massive destruction, human rights abuses, and aerial and artillery attacks committed by the Government. He stressed that it was the Syrian people who were being killed everyday, and appealed to the Government of Syria to show compassion to its own people. The Secretary-General noted that reduction of violence could prepare the Government for a political process. He expressed deep frustration that, after 19 months of repression and fighting, the situation was still getting worse."

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