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Paris meeting on Syria calls for new UN resolution

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A world meeting on Syria has called on the UN Security Council to use threats of sanctions to end the Syrian crisis and facilitate political transition in the country.

Delegates from 107 countries and international organizations urged the Security Council to immediately adopt a new resolution, when they met in Paris on Friday.

In a statement, the Friends of Syria meeting agreed that President Bashar al-Assad would have to step down for a breakthrough in the prolonged crisis.
The statement said that anyone who could undermine the credibility of the proposed transition should be separated from the process.

The statement stressed the need to expand support for Syria’s opposition forces, including provision of communication tools.

Last week, foreign ministers from the 5 UN Security Council permanent members and Arab League countries had a meeting in Geneva that was brokered by UN envoy, Kofi Annan.

They agreed to call for a transition to a democratic government, joined by both members of Assad’s administration and opposition forces.

There is a wide gap of opinion among the Security Council members. Western powers insist that Assad should not have any role in the transition, while Russia maintains that no one should be excluded from the process.

Jul. 6, 2012 – Updated 21:45 UTC (06:45 JST)