News / Middle East

UN Calls for End to Syria Violence

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media next to Israel's President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, February 1, 2012.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media next to Israel's President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, February 1, 2012.
Scott Bobb

The United Nations Secretary-General has called for immediate action to end the bloodshed in Syria. Ban Ki-moon spoke out Wednesday during a visit to Israel, as the U.N. Security Council struggles to reach agreement on a resolution with Russia promising a veto.

"We cannot wait any longer until the political process is finished while many people are being killed," Ban told reporters in Jerusalem. "While I fully support the political solution of this issue that is quite advisable. But first and foremost we have to take necessary action so that we will not lose any more human lives."

The Security Council is trying to forge a compromise resolution aimed at stopping 10 months of clashes between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and anti-government demonstrators. More than 5,000 people have been killed.

Backed by Western nations, the Arab League has proposed a resolution that calls for Assad to give up power and stop all violence against the demonstrators.  But several Russian officials signaled Wednesday that Moscow would veto any resolution that does not reject military intervention.

Russia fears that otherwise a U.N. resolution could lead to foreign military support for the Syrian rebels such as the NATO-led air strikes last year that helped oust longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Ban made his remarks after meeting Israeli President Shimon Peres at the start of a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The U.N. head's meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials is part of an international effort to keep alive a series of preliminary talks aimed at reviving the stalled Middle East peace negotiations. He is due to visit the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

Related video clip: EU Foreign Affairs spokesperson Maja Maja Kocijancic

 

Join the conversation on our social journalism site - Middle East Voices. Follow our Middle East reports on Twitter and discuss them on our Facebook page.

You May Like

UN Watchdog Urges Israel to Probe Possible Gaza War Crimes

More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed in a 51-day war in Gaza, along with 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel More

New Kenyan 'Thin SIMs' Poised to Transform African Mobile Money

Equity's new technology is approved in African nation for one-year trial, though industry leader Safaricom says thin SIMs could lead to data theft and fraud More

Solar's Future Looks Brighter

New technology and dropping prices are contributing to a surge in solar power More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid