Russian, Chinese attitudes on Syria must be changed: Clinton

24th February 2012, Comments 0 comments

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that the international community must work to change Russia and China's positions against measures to stop the Syrian regime's crackdown.

"We need to change the attitude of the Russians and Chinese," Clinton told journalists after a meeting of Arab and Western foreign ministers on Syria in Tunisia.

"They must understand they are setting themselves against the aspirations not only of the Syrian people but of the entire Arab Spring."

Clinton said the Russians and Chinese "are basically saying to Tunisians, to Libyans, to others throughout the region: 'Well we don't agree that you have a right to have elections to choose your leaders.' I think that is absolutely contrary to history and it is not a position that is sustainable."

Clinton said the sooner the two countries move "toward supporting action in the Security Council, the sooner we can get a resolution that would permit us to take the kind of steps that we all know need to be taken."

"It is quite distressing to see two permanent members of the Security Council using their veto when people are being murdered, women, children, brave young men... It is despicable and I ask whose side are they on? They are clearly not on the side of the Syrian people."

© 2012 AFP

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