UN condemns Syria crackdown on protesters   2011-06-10 14:06:07 FeedbackRSS

BEIJING, June 10 (Xinhuanet) -- The United Nations has shown great concern over Syria's increasing tension that has seen more than one thousand people killed during conflicts between the Syrian government security forces and anti-government protesters and refugees fleeing across the northern border into Turkey. It is calling for an end to violence against anti-government protesters.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling on Syria to halt its "assault on its own people".

The commissioner is again urging Damascus to allow a fact-finding mission into the country to establish truths.

Earlier, key European nations have presented a revised resolution to the United Nations, putting more pressures on the Syrian government to end violence.

Britain, France, Germany and Portugal introduced the new text at a closed Security Council meeting on Wednesday.

UN diplomats say the new draft is aimed at winning more support for the resolution in the UN Security Council.

Russia Foreign Ministry spokesman says Russia is against any UN resolution, as the move may aggravate the situation in the country.

Mark Lyall Grant, UK Ambassador to UN, said, "The main elements of that are that it demands an immediate end to the violence and condemns the systematic human rights abuses. It calls on the Syrian authorities immediately to lift the siege of affected towns. It calls for steps to address the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people."

Gerard Araud, French Ambassador to UN, said, "We do think that the council has to act, and the resolution that we have presented is simply sending a message. Calling the Syrian authorities to choose the way of political dialogue."

Syrian troops with tanks have deployed near Jisr al-Shughour, prompting about 1,000 people to flee to neighboring Turkey in the past 24 hours. The total number of refugees in the country has been raised to at least 1,600.

Meanwhile, a Syrian official says an advisory meeting with the opposition and non-partisans is expected to be held in ten days.

The meeting will be a preparatory step towards a comprehensive national dialogue that sets the headlines of Syria's political and economic future.


Editor: Zhang Xiang
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