US backs UN resolution condemning Syria

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The United States gave its support Wednesday to a UN Security Council resolution being proposed by Britain and France that condemns Syria for its brutal crackdown on opposition protesters.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters ahead of a 1900 GMT Security Council meeting on Syria that Washington was "trying to convince others in the council" to back the measure condemning actions by the regime of embattled President Bashar al-Assad.

"We believe that such a resolution will bring added pressure on Assad's regime and advance the international community's efforts to end the brutal repression on Syrian people," Toner said.

© 2011 AFP

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