Germany seeks 'strong signal' on Syria from UN
Germany's defence minister on Wednesday demanded that the UN Security Council send a "strong signal" to show international alarm over the unrest in Syria.
The 15-nation council is to hold talks Wednesday on the hundreds of killings in Syria since anti-regime protests began mid-March, and Germany's Thomas de Maziere said: "We hope that the Security Council will decide to send today a strong signal."
Russia and China have been opposing a strongly worded statement, proposed by Germany, Portugal, France and Britain, which would condemn the violence in Syria.
"We support and expect a strong signal so that the repression and the killings stop," the German minister added after a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at UN headquarters in New York.
De Maziere said he also raised the topic of Sudan with Ban as Germany will preside over the Security Council in July when southern Sudan is to declare its independence.
© 2011 AFP