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Westerwelle demands 'urgent' action on Syria

The Local · 31 Jan 2012, 16:28

Published: 31 Jan 2012 16:28 GMT+01:00

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"The situation is unacceptable and it even became worse in the last couple of days," Westerwelle said after talks with his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Amr.

"It's a drama what we are seeing at the moment in Syria. The Security Council of the United Nations must act," he said ahead of a council session on the crisis to be joined by his British, French and US counterparts.

On Monday alone, almost 100 people, including 55 civilians, were killed during a regime assault on the flashpoint central city of Homs, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The unrest, which also saw 25 soldiers killed, marked one of the bloodiest days of a revolt that erupted in March, inspired by a wave of Arab uprisings that last year overthrew authoritarian leaders in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

"The violence by the (Bashar) al-Assad regime must be condemned by the Security Council – this is for us absolutely important," Westerwelle said.

"A resolution should be passed urgently and I hope that we can make progress in this direction in today's session and in the next days."

A draft resolution put forward by Morocco on Friday calls on Damascus to put an immediate stop to violence against protesters and for Assad to hand power to his deputy.

The text seen by AFP on Tuesday also stresses there will be no foreign military intervention in a conflict that the United Nations said earlier this month had already killed more than 5,400 people since last March.

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Russia, a veto-wielding Security Council permanent member, has exasperated the West by insisting it will not back any resolution calling on Assad to step down.


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17:49 January 31, 2012 by raandy
What kind of action, Assad is not going to fold over sanctions . Russia will block any serious UN mandates against Syria.
19:22 January 31, 2012 by Englishted
Funny how sometimes those Anglo-Saxon nation are needed.

But forget it without Russian backing nothing will happen until the people are strong enough to overthrow the dictator themselves.

The Russian leadership are reading the writing on the wall following the demos in Moscow and are now digging in their heels.
22:34 January 31, 2012 by carlm
What took Guido so long to be so adamant about "doing something" in Syria? And what does he think the UN is going to do? Is he so dumb that he doesn't know the UN is synonymous with incompetence, corruption, terrorist sympathizing and looking the other way while innocents are slaughtered? I can only conclude that he is that dumb. And if the UN were to do "something," who does he think will actually do the "something?" Does he think that Germans will be the ones doing the "something?" I doubt it. I bet he thinks it'll be some other UN member nation that will do the "something," maybe Americans? I think Guido aught to team up with chancellor pantsuit and organize a party of Germans to do "something." That way they can do it their way and take satisfaction in having done "something." I won't hold my breath waiting, I don't think Guido nor Germany is really serious when they want "something" done. They just want to go on record as having requested "something" to help them with their conscience.
01:06 February 1, 2012 by Syrian Citizen
can I ask why there is Lebanese flags among the Syrian protesters?.....Simply because this is not happening in Syria......also If you know a small details about this so called (freedom movement) you will know that the opposites refuse to rise the original Syrian flag (in this pic) while they use the flag from the time of French mandate.
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