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Assad: Military Operations in Syria have 'stopped'/U.S. Call for Assad Departure Imminent

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posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 01:15 AM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that military and police operations against pro-democracy protesters had stopped, the United Nations said on Wednesday

The UN statement said Ban repeated his calls for an independent investigation into all reported killings and acts of violence, and for free access by the media.

It added the U.N. chief called on Damascus to cooperate fully with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"The Secretary-General also urged president Assad to engage in a credible and peaceful process of reform towards comprehensive change," the statement said.

Assad enumerated the reforms he will undertake in the next few months, including revision of the Constitution and the holding of parliamentary elections, the statement said.

"The Secretary-General emphasized the need for reforms to be implemented swiftly without further military intervention," it said

Ban said a UN humanitarian assessment team, which the Syrian Government had agreed to receive, should be given independent and unhindered access to all areas affected by violence. Assad said the team would have access to different sites in Syria, according to the statement.

The UN human rights chief is expected to suggest that the Security Council refer Syria's crackdown on protesters to the International Criminal Court, envoys said on Wednesday.

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay will address the 15-nation council in a closed-door session on Syria on Thursday, along with UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos.


If this is actually true, I'll be shocked. He's actually going to let the U.N. come in and investigate? And reforms? I guess we'll have to see...


THIS JUST IN: U.S. Call for Assad Departure Imminent!
edit on 18-8-2011 by BlackStar99 because: (no reason given)

posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 07:23 PM
Sorry for this but it may seem off topic that swine CNN Anderson Cooper attacked the Un ambassador to Syria was on CNN just a while ago.


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