Syria unrest: UK, France and Italy press for sanctions

European countries have called for “strong measures” to halt repression in Syria, as its government steps up a campaign against peaceful protests.

In a joint statement, France and Italy urged the EU and UN to put pressure on Syria to end its crackdown.

The UK said it was discussing measures with “an impact on the regime”. The US is also considering sanctions against Damascus.

The UN Security Council is meeting to discuss a statement on the unrest.

Proposed by the UK, France, Germany and Portugal, the draft statement condemns the deadly violence against Syrian civilians and backs a call made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for a “transparent” independent investigation into deaths in the protests.

The statement was being discussed behind closed doors in New York, where Mr Ban was scheduled to brief members on the situation in North Africa, diplomats say.

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4 replies

  1. If only we could consistently support democracy in all countries and defy dictatorships and not make our support in the West a cyclical stock, which cyclically goes up and down!

  2. And if only the people in these countries could solve their problems without outside interference. We will need to wait for ‘wikileaks’ confirmation, but it seems that most likely the ‘arab spring’ of Tunesia and Egypt was ‘home made’, while the revolution in Libya and the unrest in Syria had some ‘outside help’. We can see the difference in its effect… May Allah have mercy on all the Muslim Ummah and guide them…

  3. What surprises a common man is why Middle East upheaval emerged all of a sudden. And why different approaches are operating to tackle similar situation in different parts of the world.

  4. With my experience in Iraq I used to tell people when they heard conflicting information that ‘actually all the conflicting information you hear is likely to be true’. In Syria therefore if we assume that this is also true it is therefore correct that there may be different parties (1) unarmed protesters, who want to demonstrate peacefully (2) armed elements that shoot at protesters and the police (3) police and army that should at (1) and (2). We know who (1) and (3) are, but who are (2) ?

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