Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Security Council considers a resolution against violence in Syria

European countries of the Security Council have drafted a resolution condemning the violence against civilians in Syria. France, UK, Germany and Portugal have developed such a project presented to the other countries. From this Thursday will discuss its contents in "condemnation of violence in Syria and calling for the protection of civilians", diplomatic sources said.

These countries, of which Britain and France are permanent members while Germany and Portugal are temporary. With U.S. backing, have tried in the last month on several occasions that the Council adopt a statement condemning the violence with which the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has suppressed civil protests.

In condemning the proposal presented last April 27 by the Europeans, Russia's opposition prevented the Council agreed a statement condemning the Syrian regime, while China and India called for seeking a peaceful, negotiated solution to the crisis. This time, European countries have chosen to present a draft resolution that instead of requiring unanimity of the fifteen members of the highest UN body, allowing a vote and the possibility of being adopted by a majority of nine members but requires no veto.

Portugal's ambassador to the UN, Jose Filipe Moraes Cabral said "pretty confident" the possibility that the European proposal meets the nine votes needed, while noting the extreme complexity of this issue. The Syrian regime has violently suppressed the protests of civilian demonstrators who for several months produced in this country, like other Arabs, and estimates it could reach a thousand the number of victims of repression.

The Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted in April passed a resolution condemning the crackdown by the Syrian regime and decided to send an investigative mission to the Arab country. For his part, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, has also repeatedly condemned such acts of violence in Syria.

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