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Clinton wants tougher UN move on Syria

2012-04-19 22:35

Paris - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Thursday for the UN Security Council to adopt a global arms embargo and other tough measures against Syria to reinforce existing Western embargoes if the country fails to abide by a ceasefire designed to end 13 months of bloodshed.

Clinton stopped short of calling for outside military intervention in Syria - something there is little to no foreign appetite for - but said it was time to impose more consequential measures on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"We have to keep Assad off balance by leaving options on the table," she told a Paris meeting of top Western and Arab diplomats from the so-called "Friends of Syria" group.

Clinton's address made clear the US has little faith in the success of special envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan. But although US policy has amounted to an acknowledgment that Assad is unlikely to be dislodged, the UN resolution Clinton seeks could strengthen Syrian rebels fighting the Syrian strongman.

Any attempt to push for UN sanctions on Syria could meet resistance from Russia and China, which hold vetoes on the UN Security Council.

Moscow and Beijing have already twice shielded Syria from UN sanctions over its yearlong, deadly crackdown on a popular uprising.

Clinton said she'd laid out the case for UN Security Council resolve earlier on Thursday to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, whom she said "has recognised that we are not in a static situation but a deteriorating one".

At the Paris meeting of 16 top diplomats, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said the coalition group believes Annan's plan is the "last chance" for Syria to avoid civil war.

Over the past 13 months, the Syrian government's crackdown is said to have killed more than 9 000 people.


Comments
  • Zoran - 2012-04-20 03:01

    oh

  • Ari - 2012-04-20 08:23

    The amerikans are behind the "rebels" and are seeking another "regime change". This Clinton woman is probably oine of the ugliest members of the human specie - not just in looks but also in what she is and represents.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-04-20 08:41

      Couldn't possibly be the Syrian people wanting change , a full years worth of protests and conflict with zero evidence of 'foreign/us' involvement. I don't think you could articulate what she is or what she represents.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-04-20 08:41

      Couldn't possibly be the Syrian people wanting change , a full years worth of protests and conflict with zero evidence of 'foreign/us' involvement. I don't think you could articulate what she is or what she represents.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-20 08:50

      There is no evidence to say that there isn't foreign intervention in that country so don't think you know the situation because you watch the mainstream media. News flash bud. They are lying to you!!!

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-20 08:50

      There is no evidence to say that there isn't foreign intervention in that country so don't think you know the situation because you watch the mainstream media. News flash bud. They are lying to you!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 09:09

      Dylan, ""There is no evidence to say that there is foreign intervention in that country so don't think you know the situation because you watch rt. News flash bud. They are lying to you!!!""

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 09:09

      Dylan, ""There is no evidence to say that there is foreign intervention in that country so don't think you know the situation because you watch rt. News flash bud. They are lying to you!!!""

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-04-20 09:28

      Occums Razor - Multiple global main stream media outlets that have oversight regulation and competitor interest in foul play , managing to fool billions of people, politicians,journalists,police,security agencies or independent 'desk jockey' journalists reporting polarised views to ensure readership . Its good to be sceptical but the whole system isn't out there to get you!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-04-20 09:28

      Occums Razor - Multiple global main stream media outlets that have oversight regulation and competitor interest in foul play , managing to fool billions of people, politicians,journalists,police,security agencies or independent 'desk jockey' journalists reporting polarised views to ensure readership . Its good to be sceptical but the whole system isn't out there to get you!

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-20 09:50

      Anthony once again pushing the rt vibe!! It's getting old. Unlike you I read articles voicing different perspectives and don't just pass anyone who doesn't conform to the normal view ie western mainstream media view off hand and tell them that they are stupid and crazy. By the way did you read the article about Obamas birth certificate? In case you didn't here is the link again. http://wearechangetv.us/2012/04/obama-lawyers-admit-birth-certificate-is-a-forgery/ how bout that hey ant the beacon of hope freedom and democracy who fight for the rights of people all over the world, have a president who forged his own birth certificate. Hardly a beacon for hope hey bud?

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-20 09:50

      Anthony once again pushing the rt vibe!! It's getting old. Unlike you I read articles voicing different perspectives and don't just pass anyone who doesn't conform to the normal view ie western mainstream media view off hand and tell them that they are stupid and crazy. By the way did you read the article about Obamas birth certificate? In case you didn't here is the link again. http://wearechangetv.us/2012/04/obama-lawyers-admit-birth-certificate-is-a-forgery/ how bout that hey ant the beacon of hope freedom and democracy who fight for the rights of people all over the world, have a president who forged his own birth certificate. Hardly a beacon for hope hey bud?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 16:57

      Dylan, There are some weird comments on this site, but you take the cake. You are not serious, you are just bored and want to have some fun!!! On the one hand, you want us to believe that you are a learned person, that you have lots of facts, and that we should listen to you. And than in a comment on an article about one of the most repressive regimes of moderrn times, you come to tell us that Obama's birth certificate is false.............................hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahaha, yes, you are a very learned person, learned in BS hahahahahahaha Please don't address any more of your comments to me, you bore me, if I want comedy, I will watch some rt !!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 16:57

      Dylan, There are some weird comments on this site, but you take the cake. You are not serious, you are just bored and want to have some fun!!! On the one hand, you want us to believe that you are a learned person, that you have lots of facts, and that we should listen to you. And than in a comment on an article about one of the most repressive regimes of moderrn times, you come to tell us that Obama's birth certificate is false.............................hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahaha, yes, you are a very learned person, learned in BS hahahahahahaha Please don't address any more of your comments to me, you bore me, if I want comedy, I will watch some rt !!!!

      Fred - 2012-04-20 18:03

      Dylan believes the US attacked itself on 9/11. This is how learned he is.

      Fred - 2012-04-20 18:03

      Dylan believes the US attacked itself on 9/11. This is how learned he is.

      Fred - 2012-04-20 18:08

      Ari is so busy deluding himself with his anti-West OCD, while typing on his Western computer, drivibg his Western car and flying in Western planes, that he's missing the wholesale slaughter of Muslims by Muslim dictators and Jihadists. Not a shot was fired by the Syrian people for close on eleven months while they were demonstrating FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE. All the while they were being killed, mostly with sniper-fire, detained, tortured and raped by the tens of thousands. Ari's response: it's the West's fault. Can't get dumber than this.

      Fred - 2012-04-20 18:08

      Ari is so busy deluding himself with his anti-West OCD, while typing on his Western computer, drivibg his Western car and flying in Western planes, that he's missing the wholesale slaughter of Muslims by Muslim dictators and Jihadists. Not a shot was fired by the Syrian people for close on eleven months while they were demonstrating FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE. All the while they were being killed, mostly with sniper-fire, detained, tortured and raped by the tens of thousands. Ari's response: it's the West's fault. Can't get dumber than this.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 19:05

      Ari, ""At least Clinton is better looking than that assad murderer, oine of the ugliest members of the human specie , not just in looks but also in what he is and represents""

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 19:05

      Ari, ""At least Clinton is better looking than that assad murderer, oine of the ugliest members of the human specie , not just in looks but also in what he is and represents""

  • Andries - 2012-04-20 08:28

    There are an estimated 120 000 child soldiers in Africa. #CompassionCoup More than 300 000 child soldiers worldwide are active today. #CompassionCoup Child prostitution video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xISFxedkhl8 #CompassionCoup Half of Jo’burg’s street hookers are kids. #CompassionCoup There are over 4000 child prostitutes in Hillbrow alone. #CompassionCoup

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