UNITED NATIONS  - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all parties in Syria to stop fighting and offer one-month peace to the war-torn country during holy Ramazan.

In an appeal released by his spokesperson, the secretary-general called on all parties in Syria, for the sake of the Syrian people, to respect the religious obligation of Ramazan, a holy month of patience, charity and forgiveness, when wars are supposed to stop. "I am calling for every military unit of the regular army and the Free Syrian Army, for every person holding a gun, to stop fighting and offer this month of peace as a collective present to their people - and to do so across Syria," Ban said in his fervent appeal.

"Every day brings more death and destruction," he said, referring to the Syrian civil war which began in March 2011 between the government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad, and has already left more than 93,000 people killed and over 1.7 million people fled abroad. "What is needed is a peaceful Syrian-led political solution for a democratic future in which all Syrians live in security, equality and dignity."

In preparation for a successful Peace Conference, the Syrians themselves should "use the holy month of Ramazan of the Year 1434 in the Islamic Calendar to make a symbolic but powerful contribution to open the way to the solution of the crisis in their country," Ban noted.

"A clear message must be sent that yet more violence is not the way," the UN chief said. "The Syrian people deserve no less." AFP adds: Russia’s UN envoy said Tuesday he has handed over evidence to the United Nations which indicates Syrian rebels used sarin gas in an attack in March.

The envoy, Vitaly Churkin, said Russian experts had been to the scene of the attack at Khan al-Assal near Aleppo and had gathered firsthand evidence.

The Syrian government has refused to let a UN inspection team into the country, but this week invited UN officials for talks on launching an investigation.

Churkin told reporters the Russian inquiry had “established” that rebel forces had fired a Bashar 3 missile at the town, killing 26 people including 16 troops.

“The results of the analysis clearly indicate that the ordinance used in Khan al-Assal was not industrially manufactured and was filled with sarin,” Churkin added.

Britain, France and the United States say they have handed over evidence to UN experts that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have used chemical weapons in the 26-month-old conflict.

Up to 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, according to UN figures.