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Morocco wants Syria consensus

2012-02-01 22:33

Rabat - Morocco, the only Arab country currently sitting on the UN Security Council, vowed on Wednesday to push for a consensus resolution on the deadly crisis in Syria.

"We are committed with all our partners to achieving a consensus on this resolution," Foreign Minister Youssef Amrani was quoted as saying by the official MAP news agency.

Western powers and the Arab League are demanding immediate Security Council action to stop the bloodshed in Syria, where President Bashar Assad's repression of pro-democracy protests has killed some 6 000 people since March.

"What is important today is to stop the violence and support the Arab plan which will allow us to stabilise the country," Amrani said.

The Arab League plan, which envisages Assad transferring power to his deputy and the formation of a national unity government within two months, has been rejected by Syria.

Russia, which has staunchly supported Assad in recent years, has warned however it would use its veto in the Security Council against any resolution it deems "unacceptable".