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Ban Ki-moon calls for ceasefire in Libya

Arab World Materials 11 May 2011 15:48
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday repeated his call for a halt to hostilities in Libya, demanding an "immediate, verifiable ceasefire."
Ban Ki-moon calls for ceasefire in Libya

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday repeated his call for a halt to hostilities in Libya, demanding an "immediate, verifiable ceasefire."

Speaking in Geneva, Ban said he had spoken late Tuesday to Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi, demanding that Libyan armed forces stop attacking civilians, DPA reported.

Ban also demanded unimpeded access for aid organizations in both Libya and Syria. In addition, an international commission of investigation should be allowed to travel to the southern Syrian city of Daraa, he said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to access, the UN secretary general said.

Ban urged Assad to "heed the calls of the people for reforms and freedom."

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