Ban: Syria massacre casts doubt on Assad's peace pledge

By REUTERS
July 14, 2012 00:53

 
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UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday reports of a massacre by Syrian government forces cast "serious doubts" on Syrian President Bashar Assad's commitment to a UN-backed peace plan.

"I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the indiscriminate use of heavy artillery and shelling of populated areas, including by firing from helicopters," Ban said in a statement.

"They also cast serious doubts on President Assad's recent expression of commitment to the six-point plan in his meeting with the Joint Special Envoy," he said, referring to Assad's meeting with international envoy Kofi Annan in Damascus on Monday.

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