UN chief condemns the assassination attempt on Syria's Prime Minister

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attack that targeted the convoy of Syrian Prime Minister Wael Al-Halki in Damascus on Monday resulting in several deaths and injuries.

In a statement through his Spokesperson’s office, the Secretary-General said he remains extremely worried at the continued escalation of violence in Syria, where civilians continue to be killed, injured, detained and abducted every day, citing the recent kidnapping of two prominent clerics in northern Syria. He said that the targeting of civilians and civilian objects by anyone is unacceptable.

The Secretary-General stressed that all violence in Syria must end immediately and reiterated his call for a political solution to the conflict. He called on all actors to stop supplying weapons to any side on the Syrian conflict, noting that "Syria does not need a further militarization and radicalization of the conflict. What Syria urgently needs instead", he said, "is dialogue and reconciliation."

The 2-year conflict in Syria has claimed over 70,000 lives, according to UN estimates and resulted in over 1.4 million refugees, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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