U.N.: Syrian forces, opposition committing crimes

“The kidnapping of people, particularly targeting along sectarian lines, is unacceptable,” the embassy said in a statement published on its Twitter account.

Syria‘s main opposition council, meanwhile, said it has accepted the resignation of its Paris-based president, who earlier offered to step down amid mounting criticism of his leadership.

The executive committee of the Syrian National Council asked Burhan Ghalioun to pursue his duties until a new president is elected at a meeting on June 9 and 10.

The SNC has been plagued by infighting and divisions since its inception in September, complicating Western efforts to bolster the opposition. Mr. Ghalioun’s offer to resign came just days after he was re-elected for a third three-month term in a controversial vote in Rome.

John Heilprin reported from Geneva. Associated Press writer Albert Aji contributed to this article from Damascus.

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