U.N.: ‘Brutal Repression’ in Syria

    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12:  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stand for photos ahead of a Middle East Quartet meeting at UN headquarters on March 12, 2012 in New York City. They were to meet afterwards with foreign ministers at a UN Security Council meeting on Libya. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday condemned the “brutal repression” in Syria in the year-long crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The U.N. humanitarian chief said on Thursday that technical experts will be joining a Syrian “government-led” mission to hot-bed cities including Homs, Damascus, Daraa, and Hama. Marking the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the uprising, Ban expressed “solidarity” with the Syrian people and he “appealed to the international community to offer its determined and unified support to stop the bloodshed.” Meanwhile, Assad’s supporters held rallies across the country, including one in Damascus, where Assad call the uprising a “conspiracy.”

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