More than 8,000 people have died since anti-government protests erupted in Syria a year ago, a UN official says.
UN General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser said many women and children were among the victims.
His comments come as the UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, is to meet Syrian opposition in Turkey.
Mr Annan, who last week held talks with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, said he was “optimistic” about the possibility of a ceasefire.
He stressed that humanitarian access to violence affected areas and future political dialogue were a priority.
But after Monday’s talks with Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Mr Annan admitted that the diplomatic process would take time, describing the situation in Syria as “very complex”.
Mr Annan is due to meet members of the opposition Syrian National Council in Turkey shortly.
Violence continued across Syria, with activists reporting that at least 47 people were killed in an attack by government militia in the city of Homs.
Women and children are among those reported to have been tortured and killed on Sunday night in the neighbourhood of Karm el-Zeytoun. The Syrian government acknowledged the deaths, but blamed “armed terrorists”. …
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