Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Security Council UN fails to agree on a condemnation of violence in Syria

New York. (Reuters) .- The Security Council United Nations has agreed to issue a statement condemning the violent repression of democratic protests by the Syrian regime, so its fifteen members will meet again on Wednesday, according to diplomatic sources reported. United Kingdom, France, Germany and Portugal have tried to convince the other eleven members of this body to make a statement condemning the use of force against peaceful demonstrators, the face of opposition from Russia and China, veto-wielding members.

Previously, Moscow and Beijing have expressed their disagreement with the military intervention in Libya, a country on which that body passed a resolution urging its members to take "all necessary measures" to protect civilians. Apparently, the Lebanese delegation also opposed to the drafting of this document.

Lebanon, the only Arab member of the Security Council, maintains a tense relationship with Syria, that because their neighborhood has great influence in their internal affairs. Thus, it seems difficult for all countries of the Security Council agree to issue a joint statement, while on the other hand, have already ruled out the imposition of sanctions on the regime of Bashar Assad as U.S.

demand. For its part, the U.S. ambassador to the international organization, Susan Rice, has insisted that his country is considering to impose punitive measures on Syria for the suppression of the riots. "The brutal violence used by the Syrian government against its own people is abhorrent and deplorable," said the ambassador, as he left the closed-door meeting of the Security Council.

It has also warned that the country would be seeking support from Iran.

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