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U.N.‘s Ban Ki-moon says bold steps needed to stop Syrian violence

Reuters

June 1, 2012 | 11:08 am

U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon speaks during the Alliance Of Civilizations Partners Forum in Istanbul on May 31. Photo by REUTERS/Osman Orsal

U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon speaks during the Alliance Of Civilizations Partners Forum in Istanbul on May 31. Photo by REUTERS/Osman Orsal

The escalating violence in Syria shows the urgent need for the international community to take bolder steps, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a news conference in Istanbul on Friday.

Ban voiced fears a day earlier that any repeat of the massacre of civilians a week ago in Houla could tip Syria into a civil war, and drag neighboring countries into a bloody sectarian conflict.

“If the escalating violence shows anything, it is that we urgently need bolder steps,” Ban told a news conference at the end of an international meeting on aid for Somalia.

Created by Simon Cameron-Moore; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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