July 13, 2012 / 8:39 PM / 8 years ago

UN chief says Syria massacre casts doubt on Assad's peace pledge

Demonstrator hold a placard during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Sermeen, near Idlib July 13, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday reports of a massacre by Syrian government forces cast “serious doubts” on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s commitment to a U.N.-backed peace plan.

“I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the indiscriminate use of heavy artillery and shelling of populated areas, including by firing from helicopters,” Ban said in a statement.

“They also cast serious doubts on President al-Assad’s recent expression of commitment to the six-point plan in his meeting with the Joint Special Envoy,” he said, referring to Assad’s meeting with international envoy Kofi Annan in Damascus on Monday.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Jackie Frank

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