Syrian official paper dismisses UN chief calls on Assad to "stop killing his people"

January 16, 2012 11:50 pm 

DAMASCUS, Jan. 16 — A Syrian state-run newspaper Monday dismissed the UN chief's calls on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop violence and killing people as an "unacceptable impudence."

It said the statement came in the context of the "concentrated campaign" against Syria.

The state-run Al-Thawra daily lashed out at Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, saying in its editorial that he wasn't in need of U.S. certificates of good conduct, "as he has frequently got them from Washington for the role he is perfectly doing."

Addressing a conference on democracy in the Arab world in Beirut, the UN chief said on Sunday "today, I say again to President Assad of Syria: Stop the violence. Stop killing your people."

"If he was keen about the Syrians and what they are facing, he could come to the places he is talking about and see facts on ground for himself," the Syrian official paper added.

The Syrian government says that the turmoil in Syria is plotted by terrorists and foreign-backed armed gangs. It said more than 2,000 army and security personnel were killed during the months-long unrest, while the United Nations put the death toll in the country at more than 5,000. (PNA/Xinhua)

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