UN's Ban calls on Syria to stop violence against protesters

By REUTERS
March 19, 2011 02:06

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on Damascus to refrain from violence after three protesters were reported killed by Syrian government forces in the city of Deraa.

Ban, in a statement from a spokeswoman, said using lethal force and making arbitrary arrests of peaceful demonstrators was unacceptable.

"The secretary-general urges the Syrian authorities to refrain from violence and to abide by their international commitments regarding human rights," the statement said.


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