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Syrian president says military operations have stopped, U.N. says

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  • U.N. secretary general's office releases details of telephone call
  • Bashar al-Assad tell Ban Ki-Moon that military operations have stopped, the U.N. says
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  • Syria
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(CNN) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a phone conversation Wednesday that military and police operations in Syria had stopped, according to a U.N. statement.

The secretary general's office released a read-out of the conversation during which Ban also expressed alarm at reports of human rights violation in Syria, the statement said..

During the conversation, al-Assad told Ban that "the military and police operations in Syria have stopped," it said.

Al-Assad has been under enormous international pressure to end a months-long military crackdown on anti-government protesters calling for free elections and an end to his regime.

Opposition protesters have repeatedly accused al-Assad of trying to crush the uprising with the use of military force.

CNN's Joe Vaccarello, Nada Husseini and Joe Sterling contributed to this report.

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