UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on the UN Security Council Tuesday to step up their efforts to find a diplomatic solution for Syria in light of the escalating tension, dpa reported.
"The Security Council has the duty to move beyond the current stalemate and show leadership," Ban said. "Whatever the source, this latest escalation should be a wake-up call for the international community. We must put an end to the atrocities the Syrian people continue to suffer."
Ban said member states should look for a political resolution and avoid further militarization of the situation.
Ban praised US President Barack Obama's decision to seek permission from Congress before intervening in Syria, saying he hoped the process will have "good results."
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