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ABU DHABI, May 27 (Itar-Tass) — The intensity of the armed confrontation in Syrian areas where UN observers are stationed, somewhat calmed down. However, the total level of violence in the country continues remaining rather high. This conclusion is given in a report by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, forwarded to Security Council members.
The secretary-general states that the situation in Syria, as compared with circumstances, contained in the plan of six points, presented by special representative of the UN and the Arab League Kofi Annan, remains very serious. The total atmosphere of tension, mistrust and fear reign supreme in the country, the report says.
There was only a small progress in some questions, Ban claims.
The UN head adds that the country is in the grips of crisis, characteristic of regular violence, deteriorating humanitarian conditions, violation of human rights and continued political confrontation.
Bloody incidents take place all over the country every day; they result in deaths and injuries of great numbers of people, although possibly at a lower level than that was before April 12, 2012 (Eds: a general ceasefire was to come into force in Syria on that day).
For their part, the authorities report illegal import of weapons across the border and other criminal activities, including murders and abduction of officers of security forces, the document runs.
The secretary-general claims that unacceptable levels of violence and abuse persist in the Syrian Republic, which is a violation of UN Security Council resolution 2043 and the Annan plan. He also called on outside forces not to encourage the sides in Syria for implementing their aims by the use of violence.
Ban concluded by saying that it is especially important that states enjoying influence on the sides (in Syria), should use it for common goals.
As a result of shelling on Friday, 92 people, including 38 children, died in the Syrian city of Al Houla, reported head of the UN observer mission on a ceasefire in Syria, Norwegian General Robert Mood. He called the scene an outrageous tragedy, stressing that those who continue committing such acts of violence, pursue the aim of destabilizing even more the situation and pushing the country to a civil war.