Council envoys agree to condemn Syria
Security Council ambassadors have agreed on a text to "condemn" the
Syrian government's crackdown on protests, diplomats say.
text, which was expected to be adopted as a council statement later
today, would "condemn widespread violations of human rights and the use
of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities", according to a
copy obtained by AFP.
The statement would drop references to a UN Human Rights Council
investigation into the government clampdown since March in which more
than 1400 people are believed to have been killed.
calls "on the Syrian authorities to fully respect human rights and to
comply with their obligations under applicable international law. Those
responsible for the violence should be held accountable".
The council would also "note" President Bashar al-Assad's reform
promises and "regret the lack of progress in implementation, and call
upon the Syrian government to implement their commitments".
Following the new changes, Russia lifted its objections. Russia's UN
envoy, Vitaly Churkin, called the new version "balanced".
The only future action
provided for is a request to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to
report back to the council within seven days on the situation in Syria.
It does not specify what follow-up there might be to his report.