Ban Ki-moon accuses Syria government of breaking truce

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Ban Ki-moon accuses Syria government of breaking truce

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More video has emerged purporting to show attacks by security forces on civilian areas, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accuses the Syrian government of not abiding by the ceasefire.

Troops and heavy weapons have not been withdrawn in keeping with the peace plan drafted by Arab League and UN envoy for the Syria crisis Kofi Annan.

Ban is also advocating the number of UN observers be increased to 300.

With activists claiming innocent people are still being killed in government attacks some, like Syrian National Council leader Burhan Ghalioun, want the UN to do more.

“I think we need to go back to the idea of protecting the civilians, it was done in Kosovo and elsewhere. There is no reason why after fourteen months of organised, collective and systematic killings that the international community is not looking at a plan that could help people to protect themselves,” said Ghalioun.

There is hope a Friends of Syria meeting in Paris on Thursday, which will be attended by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, will produce more than just the rhetoric that came from the group’s last gathering in Istanbul at the beginning of April.