UN Chief Slams Syrian Government, Rebels
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the Syrian government and rebel groups for choosing violence and force rather than dialogue.
In an opening speech Monday to a three-week session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mr. Ban also rebuked the U.N. Security Council for failing to take a unified stance to end the Syrian crisis.
He told delegates he is "deeply troubled by the aerial bombardments of civilians by government forces" in Syria and expressed concern at increasing sectarian tensions and the deteriorating humanitarian situation.
Mr. Ban urged nations and Syrians to unite behind the diplomatic efforts of the new U.N.-Arab League envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi.
The new envoy met with Egyptian and Arab League officials in Cairo Monday.
US AFGHANISTAN PRISON
The United States has formally handed over control of a controversial prison to the Afghan government, despite a disagreement about the fate of some of the inmates.
More than 3,000 prisoners were transferred to Afghan officials in a small ceremony Monday at the Bagram prison. The transfer of authority over the prison and its inmates has been hailed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai as a victory for sovereignty.
U.S. military officials said earlier they had already handed over most of the detainees. However, officials said they had suspended additional transfers because of concerns about the intentions of the Afghan government to fulfill the terms of a memorandum of understanding signed in March.
It was not immediately clear what those concerns are, but they seem to have emerged after a meeting Saturday between President Karzai and General John Allen, the top commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan.