Ban Ki-moon says "clean break" from past needed in Syria

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

A clean beak from the past is needed to move towards to a new Syria, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon made the comment on Friday after a mortar attack killed 21 people in southern Syria.

The attack targeted an electoral rally, reportedly killing 11 civilians, six members of a pro-government militia and four others who were unidentified.

Stephane Dujarric is Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

” The Secretary-General deeply regrets the inability of the international community to unite in stopping this appalling conflict, and in finding ways to hold accountable perpetrators of atrocities such as today’s attack. The Syrian people desperately need an end to violence and a clean break from the past to move towards a new Syria, one in which their legitimate aspirations are met and all communities are protected.”

Mr Dujarric also said that on Thursday, units of the Syrian armed forces broke through a siege imposed by rebels over a year ago on Aleppo Central Prison.

The safety and physical integrity of a number of prisoners and detainees, in particular 53 political detainees whose identity is known to the UN, are said to be at imminent risk.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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