UN, Arab League denounce Syria violence Maureen Cosgrove at 2:11 PM ET
[JURIST] The UN and the League of Arab States [official website, in Arabic] on Saturday released statements condemning violence in Syria after an estimated 40 people were killed in protest-related encounters this week. UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon [official website] issued a statement [text] saying "the calls of the Syrian people for change must be answered with far-reaching reforms, not repression and violence." Ban also urged the Syrian government to end military operations against civilians and release political prisoners and detained protesters. The League of Arab States similarly condemned the killings [LAT report] of civilian protesters in Syria. The violence has erupted most recently in the Syrian cities of Homs and Hama.
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