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Malta condemns Tremseh massacre

In this citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken last Friday, Syrians chant slogans during a demonstration in Damascus, Syria. On Sunday Syria denied U.N. claims that government forces used heavy weapons during a military operation that left scores dead. Partial translation of Arabic on the banner reads, "a horrible regime, killing and destruction."

In this citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken last Friday, Syrians chant slogans during a demonstration in Damascus, Syria. On Sunday Syria denied U.N. claims that government forces used heavy weapons during a military operation that left scores dead. Partial translation of Arabic on the banner reads, "a horrible regime, killing and destruction."

The government has strongly condemned the massacre which took place in the Syrian town of Tremseh, killing more than 200 men, women and children.

The government also urgently called for the UN Monitoring Mission in Syria to be allowed to investigate what happened and establish who is responsible for the attack. These atrocious acts must not occur with impunity.

Malta called on the international community to adopt measures through the United Nations Security Council to bring this 16 month conflict to an end, through the effective application of the peace plan for Syria of the UN Special Envoy and the Arab League.

Foreign Minister Tonio Borg said: “Our thoughts are with the Syrian people, and all those who have suffered as a result of this latest atrocity. More than 17,000 people have died already. The time has come for decisive diplomatic action to bring about a peaceful end to the violence. All members of the Security Council must shoulder their responsibility to bring this about.”

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