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New SC Syria resolution rules out external force

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Laaska News  Feb. 4, 2012

A new Western-backed draft Security Council resolution on Syria explicitly rules out the use of external force against the Syrian government.

Observers say this will save Syria from becoming another Libya, where military intervention by the West helped the Libyan rebels topple the Gaddafi regime.

Last October, Russia and China blocked a Security Council resolution which contained threats to use force against Syria.


Security Council Syria talks end without consensus


A meeting of the UN Security Council has ended without agreement on a draft resolution aimed at stopping Syria’s bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Council members met behind closed doors again on Thursday to discuss the draft endorsing the Arab League’s peace plan for Syria.

The plan calls for Syria to immediately end its months-long crackdown on demonstrators and urges the country’s President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power to his deputy.

In an unofficial session, western nations that support the plan and Russia, which opposes it, failed to agree.

Russia says priority must be given to promoting dialogue between the Syrian government and its opponents.

After failed negotiations, US Ambassador Susan Rice said the talks are sometimes difficult, and that complicated issues remain.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Russia sees no possibility that the draft could produce a successful result.

Last October, Russia vetoed a Security Council resolution warning Syria of stronger actions if it did not halt its attacks on civilians.

Morocco, which drew up the draft resolution, is expected to present to the council a final draft in the coming days to put it to a vote.


Laaska News.