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Assad tells UN leader military operations ‘stopped’

(AFP) / 18 August 2011

UNITED NATIONS - Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad told UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday that military operations against protesters have “stopped,” a UN spokesman said.

Assad’s comment came in response to Ban’s demand in a telephone conversation that “all military operations and mass arrests must cease immediately,” UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said in a statement.

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