Europeans on UN council offer Syria resolution

26th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

European countries on the UN Security Council -- France, Germany, Britain and Portugal -- on Wednesday started circulating a draft resolution on Syria, a European diplomat said privately.

"A draft resolution is being circulated and will be the focus of discussion in coming days with the hope that it can be adopted," the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

"It is aimed at sending a strong message to Syria in light of the bloody repression in the country," the diplomat added.

According to The Washington Post, the draft resolution condemns repression in Syria, calls for an end to violence and demands guaranteed access for humanitarian organizations.

The United Nations said in early May that Syria agreed to let a UN team visit Daraa after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appealed directly to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

Ban also urged Assad to cooperate with a UN Human Rights Council inquiry into the clampdown on protests.

But the UN team has yet to be allowed entry.

Syria has been rocked by unprecedented protests for two months that have threatened Assad's authoritarian regime. Rights groups say more than 850 people have been killed and at least 8,000 arrested.

According to rights groups, since protests broke out in Syria around 1,000 people have been killed and at least 10,000 people have been detained.

© 2011 AFP

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