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UN chief backs AL resolution on Syria


14:29, November 13, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Saturday voiced support for an Arab League (AL) resolution on Syria, uring Damascus to heed the AL call to "stop violence" and "implement the work plan fully and speedily."

"The secretary-general welcomes the resolution adopted today by the Council of Ministers of the League of Arab States, who have taken a strong and courageous stance regarding the situation in Syria," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesman.

Under the resolution, activities of the Syrian delegation in the pan-Arab body would be suspended, effective Wednesday. The AL also called on its members to withdraw their ambassadors in Syria and urged sanctions on Damascus until a peace plan it brokered is implemented.

Syrian Ambassador to the Arab League (AL) Yusuf Ahmad said the AL's decision to suspend Syria's activities in the pan-Arab body is "illegal" and came in contravention to the AL principles.

Syria and the AL had reached an agreement on an AL peace plan to end the crisis in Syria on Nov. 2.

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