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UN Chief Calls For Security Council 'Action' To End Syria Violence

July 13, 2012

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to take "collective action" to end the violence in Syria, one day after an estimated 200 civilians were killed in the central town of Tremseh.

UN monitors in Syria blamed the deaths on Syrian government forces using heavy weaponry.

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan also urged the Security Council to insist its resolutions be implemented.

The United States and the European Union also condemned the attack.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned the attack. The ministry blamed the violence on "forces that do not seek peace" and which are trying to "cultivate seeds of interethnic violence."

Moscow -- which is the closest ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- has often accused the Syrian opposition of fomenting violence in order to draw Western powers into the conflict.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Interfax


Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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