We are fed up with violence in Syria - Ban Ki-moon

We are fed up with violence in Syria - Ban Ki-moon

Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon said that they were fed up with violence in Syria and the inability of the international community to bring peace to the Syrian people.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in the Turkish capital of Ankara, Ban Ki-moon stressed that the international community had to unite on the matter of Syria.

"Assad and the Syrian government would have to solve the (Syrian) problem in the shortest time due to the presence of the international unity," Ban Ki-moon underlined.

"I have thanked the Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today for Turkey's hospitality to the Syrians and Turkey's generosity," Ban Ki-moon stated.

"The number of Syrians staying in 14 different camps is now over 135,000. More than 70,000 Syrians live out of the camps. Such a large number of Syrians have caused great security problems for Turkey as well as financial burden," Ban Ki-moon noted.

"By meeting Syrian families today, I wanted to give them hope with the strong support of the Turkish people and the UN," Ban Ki-moon indicated.

"I want to express my appreciation for the generous helping hand of the Turkish government," Ban Ki-moon stated.

"I do appreciate Turkey's open door policy for the Syrians. The UN will work for assistance to the Syrians. I call on the international community to urgently provide humanitarian assistance to the Syrians," Ban Ki-moon said.

"Turkey is a strong partner of the UN in many issues. We are proud to have such a partner. During a tete-a-tete meeting with Minister Davutoglu today, we discussed Somalia, Cyprus and Palestine and many other matters," Ban Ki-moon stated.

Asked if he was still hopeful on the issue of Syria, Ban Ki-moon stressed that they were fed up with the violence in Syria and the international community's inability to bring peace to the Syrian people.

"It has been 21 months since the incidents in Syria began and more than 40,000 people have died. It is high time for the international community, and especially the members of the UN Security Council, to act in unity on Syria and make more efforts," Ban Ki-moon noted.

"I continue to work by being optimistic. We need the unity of the international community to solve the Syrian issue," Ban Ki-moon said.

An international unity would force Assad and the Syrian government to solve the problem in the shortest time possible, Ban Ki-moon stressed.

"All Syrians living in refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan want the UN and the international community to continue to work on Syria and to solve the problem. The Syrians want to return home," Ban Ki-moon also said.

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