Ban urges Assad to declare ceasefire

Published October 9th, 2012 - 04:27 GMT

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Tuesday on the Syrian authorities to declared an immediate and unilateral ceasefire while urging opposition forces to respect the cease-fire.

Ban made the remarks during a joint press conference with French President François Hollande after their meeting at the Elysee. According to him, the situation in Syria has reached an unacceptable point.

The UN chief called for countries supplying arms to both sides to stop it. According to him, the only solution to the Syrian crisis is a political solution through political dialogue.

Meanwhile, the Turkish army chief, General Necdet Özel, inspected Tuesday Turkish troops at the Syrian border, the scene of recent military incidents. Gen. Özel, accompanied by other senior officials of the army, went to the Hatay province (south), reported the Anatolia news agency.

This visit came as the head of the Turkish government Tuesday reiterated before members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) that his country would respond systematically to attacks from Syria. "It was inevitable for our forces to respond the same way (...) While the Syrian regime will continue its aggressive stance," said Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish leader promised to take all necessary measures against a possible Syrian threat to national security.

"The mandate (given last Thursday by the Turkish Parliament to the government to carry out, if necessary, military operations in Syria) is one of these measures. State must be prepared for any eventuality, "said Erdogan.

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