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UN Security Council Finally Condemns Syrian State for Violent Repression

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Even Russia and China, not exactly sensitive to state violence against their own citizens, historically or currently, can no longer stomach the daily onslaught of Syrian President Bashar Assad's security forces against his own countrymen, with the death toll approaching 2000 by most counts, with the wounded, disappeared, incarcerated and tortured apparently in the tens of thousands, with even more having fled to neighboring countries. Consequently, the fifteen-member Security Council has finally hashed out a statement of condemnation against the Syrian government that meets even Moscow's and Beijing's approval. This is still far short of an actual UN Security Council Resolution, which would require enforcement of whatever is in the body of any approved resolution. But that may come to fruition later if Assad continues to ignore world outrage at what has become a tacit war against a large portion of the Syrian people.


Here is the full text of the UN Security Council statement on Syria, agreed after days of debate. At least 1,600 people are believed to have been killed since anti-government demonstrations began in March:

The Security Council expresses its grave concern at the deteriorating situation in Syria, and expresses profound regret at the death of many hundreds of people.

The Security Council condemns the widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities.

The Security Council calls for an immediate end to all violence and urges all sides to act with utmost restraint, and to refrain from reprisals, including attacks against state institutions.

The Security Council 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 Security Council notes the announced commitments by the Syrian authorities to reform, and regrets the lack of progress in implementation, and calls upon the Syrian government to implement its commitments.

The Security Council reaffirms its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Syria.

It stresses that the only solution to the current crisis in Syria is through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process, with the aim of effectively addressing the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the population which will allow the full exercise of fundamental freedoms for its entire population, including that of expression and peaceful assembly.

The Security Council calls on the Syrian authorities to alleviate the humanitarian situation in crisis areas by ceasing the use of force against affected towns, to allow expeditious and unhindered access for international humanitarian agencies and workers, and co-operate fully with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Security Council requests the secretary general to update the Security Council on the situation in Syria within seven days. (source)

For more on this, see this BBC excerpt, with videos on their web page:

The UN Security Council has condemned the Syrian government for a deadly crackdown on protesters.

It is the first clear condemnation issued by the Security Council, which includes longstanding allies of Syria such as Russia.

It was adopted over the fears of some members that any action could lead to Libya-style intervention.

It comes as the Syrian army attacks Hama, a centre of opposition protest, with reports of much loss of life.

Dozens of people are believed to have been killed in the action against Hama, with residents saying tanks have now shot their way into Assi (Orontes) Square, in the centre of the city of 800,000 people.

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