Friday, June 10, 2011

UN condemns Syria crackdown on protesters

BEIJING, June 10 (Xinhuanet) -- The United Nations has shown great concern over Syria's increasing tension that has seen more than one thousand people killed during conflicts between the Syrian government security forces and anti-government protesters and refugees fleeing across the northern border into Turkey. It is calling for an end to violence against anti-government protesters.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling on Syria to halt its "assault on its own people".

The commissioner is again urging Damascus to allow a fact-finding mission into the country to establish truths.

Earlier, key European nations have presented a revised resolution to the United Nations, putting more pressures on the Syrian government to end violence.

Britain, France, Germany and Portugal introduced the new text at a closed Security Council meeting on Wednesday.

UN diplomats say the new draft is aimed at winning more support for the resolution in the UN Security Council.

Russia Foreign Ministry spokesman says Russia is against any UN resolution, as the move may aggravate the situation in the country.

Mark Lyall Grant, UK Ambassador to UN, said, "The main elements of that are that it demands an immediate end to the violence and condemns the systematic human rights abuses. It calls on the Syrian authorities immediately to lift the siege of affected towns. It calls for steps to address the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people."

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