UN: Syria's Assad says police operations stop

UNITED NATIONS- Syrian President Basharal-Assad told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that militaryand police operations against protesters had stopped, theUnited Nations said on Wednesday.

In a phone call with Assad on Wednesday, Ban "expressedalarm at the latest reports of continued widespread violationsof human rights and excessive use of force by Syrian securityforces against civilians across Syria, including in the AlRamel district of Lattakia, home to several thousands ofPalestinian refugees," the United Nations said in a statement.
"The Secretary-General emphasized that all militaryoperations and mass arrests must cease immediately. PresidentAssad said that the military and police operations hadstopped," the statement added.
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