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Monday 20 October 2014

Assad 'must stop Syria violence'

The UN Secretary General has demanded that Syria's President Bashar Assad stops killing his own people

The UN Secretary General has demanded that Syria's president stops killing his own people, saying the revolutions of the Arab Spring show that people will no longer accept tyranny.

In a keynote address at a conference on democracy in the Arab world, Ban Ki-moon said the days of one-man rule and family dynasties are over in the Middle East.

"Today, I say again to President (Bashar) Assad of Syria: Stop the violence. Stop killing your people," Ban said.

Assad is trying to crush a 10-month-old uprising that he blames on terrorists and armed gangs. The UN estimates more than 5,000 people have been killed in the government's crackdown.

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