Ban: Syria will top UN General Assembly agenda

September 19, 2012 - 4:34 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the Syrian crisis will top the agenda of the General Assembly gathering of world leaders next week.

Ban lamented that both sides seem determined to end the conflict by force and said diplomatic efforts must continue.

At a news conference Tuesday, he said both President Bashar Assad's regime and the rebels trying to topple him must support U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's efforts to find a political solution. He also called on any nations sending arms into Syria to stop.

Ban also addressed the ongoing protests against an anti-Islamic video made in the U.S. He said, "I once again condemn those who deliberately provoke others with hatred and bigotry. I also join with others in speaking out against those who, in response to such provocations, fan those flames further still."