G8 draft threatens Syria with UN action

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A draft statement by G8 leaders seen by AFP on Friday said "we will consider action in the United Nations Security Council" if Syria does not stop using force against protesters.

G8 talks were ongoing in the French resort of Deauville and it was not clear whether the draft's strong language would be kept in the final declaration, with Russia in particular wary of threatening a Middle East ally.

"We call on the Syrian leadership immediately to stop using force and intimidation against the Syrian people and to respond to the legitimate expression of the demands of the Syrian people," the draft said.

"We also call for the release of all political prisoners in Syria... Should the Syrian authorities not heed this call, we will consider action in the United Nations Security Council," it warned.

© 2011 AFP

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