Netherlands to summon Syria's ambassador over violence

2nd August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal will summon Syria's ambassador to the Netherlands "shortly" to discuss the continual military violence there, a foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

"The minister will summon Syria's ambassador shortly to discuss the continual use of military violence against peaceful demonstrators," Aad Meijer told AFP, without giving an exact date.

The Netherlands however would not recall its ambassador from Damascus "in line with other European Union partners," the foreign ministry added in a statement.

It again called for increased sanctions against Syria and a quick adoption of a resolution before the UN Security Council condemning the violence.

Syrian security forces continued a deadly crackdown on dissent Tuesday as the Security Council held more talks on Syria.

Three more people were killed Tuesday in Hama, activists said, a day after President Bashar al-Assad's tanks shelled the city following a bloody Sunday in which about 140 people were killed, including more than 100 in Hama.

© 2011 AFP

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