UNITED NATIONS- Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that military
and police operations against protesters had stopped, the
United Nations said on Wednesday.
In a phone call with Assad on Wednesday, Ban "expressed
alarm at the latest reports of continued widespread violations
of human rights and excessive use of force by Syrian security
forces against civilians across Syria, including in the Al
Ramel district of Lattakia, home to several thousands of
Palestinian refugees," the United Nations said in a statement.
"The Secretary-General emphasized that all military
operations and mass arrests must cease immediately. President
Assad said that the military and police operations had
stopped," the statement added.