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EU to ask for UNSC resolution on Syria

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The European Union is to ask the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution imposing sanctions on Syria.

The EU plans to make the request in a statement to be adopted at this week’s EU summit.

A draft statement obtained by NHK expresses grave concerns about the continuing violence against civilians.

The draft urges the Syrian government and all other parties involved to stop using force and observe a ceasefire mediated by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

The document also asks the Security Council to adopt a comprehensive resolution to put more pressure on the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Two of the 5 permanent members with veto power, China and Russia, are close allies of Syria and have blocked attempts to adopt a resolution.

Observers say the EU wants to seek cooperation from the 2 nations by stressing its determination to stop the fighting in Syria.

Jun. 26, 2012