Ban Ki-moon calls for Syria action
15 December 2011, 09:21
New York - UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said on
Wednesday that the international community must now act against the
Syrian government's crackdown on protests "in the name of humanity".
told a press conference he has sent a UN Human Rights Council report on
President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown to the UN Security Council. This
could increase pressure on the 15-nation council to act even though
Russia and China vetoed a resolution on the crisis in October.
Syria, more than 5 000 people are dead. This cannot go on. In the name
of humanity, it is time for the international community to act," the UN
secretary general said.
Ban said the UN rights report, which
highlighted that crimes against humanity may have been committed in
Syria, had been sent to the Security Council and the UN General Assembly
and it was now up to member states to take a decision.
"I hope that the United Nations and the international community will be able to take concerted, coherent action."
The UN leader praised action taken by the Arab League against Syria.
foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Saturday
to respond to Syria's proposal to admit observers in exchange for an end
to regional sanctions.
Western nations, which proposed the
Security Council resolution that was blocked by Russia and China in
October, say they are waiting for the Arab League meeting to decide
their next action.
Diplomats said Russia would almost certainly use its veto again unless there is a strong Arab lead on the Syria crisis.