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UN urges Syria to live up to ceasefire

2012-04-10 20:53

New York - Members of the UN Security Council expressed deep concern about the level of commitment to a ceasefire the Syrian government has demonstrated so far, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said on Tuesday.

She added that the 15-nation body may soon face a "moment of truth" when it will have to decide whether or not to increase pressure on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has shown no signs of complying with a Tuesday deadline to withdraw forces from towns and stop using heavy weapons.

Her remarks appeared to be aimed at Russia and China, which have twice vetoed resolutions condemning Assad's 13-month assault on pro-democracy protesters but have recently supported several council statements backing UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan.

Comments
  • Fred - 2012-04-10 21:51

    The world cannot, must not allow this open slaughter to continue for one more day. A united stand, with a real threat of military intervention, must now be applied. Assad has shown his hand again. It is heartless and cruel to continue to do nothing. Russia is selling him arms. The world cannot, should not wait for Putin to become enlightened. It must act.

  • Nasser - 2012-04-11 06:48

    Saw John McCain on CNN with the Syrian refugees and members of the Syrian opposition. What an opportunistic clown! I need no more convincing that Syria will end up like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, namely strife torn, bloody and destablised. The Syrian opposition are not exactly peaceful, they've been armed by Syria's neighbours. The region is full of dictators, some worse than Assad! Where's the principle from McCain - where was McCain when Saudi sent tanks into Bahrain to quell the uprising there a few months ago?

      Fred - 2012-04-11 14:34

      Where are you when there are reports of the hundreds of thousands of Muslims being killed and maimed by Islamic Jihadists (not the US) with their car bombs and suicide attacks? Clearly you're confused as to what is really happening.

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