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UN chief urges Syria to stop attacks

Ban Ki-Moon said UN observers monitoring the ceasefire were not there to watch the killings of innocent people.

A Syrian refugee girl in the school corridor where she is temporarily living in a Lebanese-Syrian border town
A Syrian refugee girl in the school corridor where she is temporarily living in a Lebanese-Syrian border town
Image: AP Photo/Hussein Malla

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL Ban Ki-moon has called on Syria to stop its attacks, saying U.N. observers monitoring the ceasefire were not there to watch the killings of innocent people.

Ban was speaking Thursday at a summit of the Alliance of Civilisations, a forum promoting understanding between the Western and Islamic worlds, days after more than 100 people were massacred in Syria’s central Houla region.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, called on the world to listen to their conscience and see the desperation of families whose children are massacred in Syria.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says these are “our children who are massacred in Hama, Homs and Houla, as much they are the children of desperate Syrian families.”

Erdogan says the world should not remain silent in the face of “oppression.”

Separately, Syrian rebels have told BasharAssad’s regime it has until Friday afternoon to observe Kofi Annan’s plan for a ceasefire to end the bloodshed in Syria. The rebes warned that they will take “courageous decisions” if the deadline is not met.

- Additional reporting by Christine Bohan

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