UN secretary general says situation in Syria "intolerable"
The situation in Syria had reached an "unacceptable and intolerable" level, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday, dpa reported.
"The situation in Syria has become the most troubling and most concerning issue for the international community," Ban said after talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bogor, just south of Jakarta.
Ban said more than 8,000 people had been killed in the crackdown on a year-long uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. "The situation has reached an unacceptable and intolerable situation now," he said.
He urged the Syrian government to allow unhindered humanitarian access and the international community to continue to speak in one voice in calling for the end to the violence.
"We have no time to waste, no time to lose," he said. "One minute or one hour of delay will mean more people dead."