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Ban Ki-Moon calls for end to violence in Syria

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called for the violence in Syria to be stopped immediately.

Speaking to reporters in Bern he said

"There are continuous killings of civilian people. These killings must stop immediately. I told Assad: 'Stop before it is too late.'

It is unacceptable that 3,000 people have been killed. The UN is urging him again to take urgent action."

His request came as renewed clashes in the city of Homs killed 27 people, mostly civilians. A total of 41 people were killed in the whole of Syria on Monday alone.

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay warned during the weekend that Syria risked "a full-blown civil war."
Pillay said that more than 3,000 people have been killed in the crackdown on anti-regime protests.

Read AFP report here.