Russia offers new UN Syria draft, Germany unsatisfied

By REUTERS
December 23, 2011 22:57

UNITED NATIONS  - Russia's UN delegation on Friday submitted a revised draft resolution on Syria to the UN Security Council, but Germany said it did not go far enough in addressing Western concerns about the escalating violence there.

Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Moscow had limits on how much it would accommodate the demands of the European and US delegations, which would like the 15-nation council to threaten sanctions on Damascus over its nine-month-old crackdown on protesters.

"If the requirement is that we drop all reference to violence coming from extreme opposition, that's not going to happen," Churkin told reporters.

"If they expect us to have arms embargo, that's not going to happen," he said. "We know what arms embargo means these days. It means that - we saw it in Libya - that you cannot supply weapons to the government but everybody else can supply weapons to various opposition groups."


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