|UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (C) talks during the press conference after visiting the refugee camp in the border town of Islahiye of Gaziantep, Turkey, Dec. 7, 2012. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, during his visit to Turkey Friday, urged all sides in Syria to stop violence immediately. (Xinhua/Ma Yan)
ISLAHIYE, Turkey, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, during his visit to Turkey Friday, urged all sides in Syria to stop violence immediately.
Ban arrived in Turkey on Friday to hold talks with Turkish officials on war-ravaged Syria and to visit the Islahiye refugee camp in Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep.
The Islahiye refugee camp, one of nine run by Turkey, began to host Syrian refugees since March and currently hosts nearly 10,000.
"I came here to listen, but I must say the massacre in Syria should be stopped," said the UN secretary general. "The violence in Syria is causing dramatic increase in the number of refugees. I appeal to all countries to increase the humanitarian help."
Ban said he was very impressed at what he saw in Islahiye, "I met children here who want to go to school and they want to live in security... I told them not to lose their hope."
Ban expressed appreciation for Turkey's "open door" policy towards Syrian refugees. The registered number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has reached 135,000, according to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).