UN Secretary General expresses concern about most recent violence in Syria Matthew Pomy at 10:53 AM ET
[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] released a statement [text] on Friday expressing deep concern regarding the most recent violence in Syria, casting doubt over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's commitment to the recent peace plan agreed to by the Syrian government [JURIST report]. The Secretary General was referring to the recent shelling of the city of Treimseh in the Hama region on Thursday where there was open use of heavy artillery and helicopters against civilian populations. Reportedly, more than 100 people died in the attack [LA Times report]. Secretary Ban reiterated his call for an end to the violence and a return of both sides to the agreed upon six step peace process to facilitate "a peaceful Syrian-led transition that truly meets the legitimate aspiration of the Syrian people."
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