UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday and urged him to immediately end the violent crackdown against anti-government protesters in Syria.
"The Secretary-General reiterated his calls for an immediate end to violence against and mass arrests of peaceful demonstrators in Syria, and for an independent investigation of all killings that happened during the protests," the statement said.
Their telephone conversation came as Syrian tanks and armored vehicles
deployed around the town of Rastan, witnesses said, raising fears of
another deadly attack on protesters challenging Assad's rule.