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UN's Chief: Security Council must unite on Syria
January 31, 2012 13:45
Ban Ki-moon says Security Council cohesion "crucially important"; Russia warns resolution will lead to civil war.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 390 (R). (photo credit:Michael Buholzer / Reuters)

AMMAN - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he hoped the Security Council would be united and reflect international will when it deliberates a draft resolution calling on Syrian President Bashar Assad to quit power.

"I sincerely hope the Security Council will be united and speak in a coherent manner reflecting the wishes of the international community," he told reporters in the Jordanian capital. "This is crucially important."

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"I don't think we can go on like this," Ban said.

Syria's crackdown on an uprising had gone on despite a now-suspended Arab League monitoring mission and that action was needed to stop the bloodshed, he said.

"Even with the monitoring missions having been there, more than a few hundred have been killed...every day tens of people are killed...this should stop immediately," he said. "It is crucially important for the Security Council to act on this."

The Arab League, backed by the United States, France and Britain will ask the Council on Tuesday to adopt the resolution, which Russia - one of Syria's few allies - has objected to on the grounds it could pave the way for military intervention in Syria.

A senior Russian diplomat said on Tuesday that the push for adoption of a Western-Arab draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria was a "path to civil war," the Interfax news agency reported.

"The Western draft Security Council resolution on Syria will not lead to a search for compromise," Interfax quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying. "Pushing it is a path to civil war."

China, which like Russia has a veto in the council, also has reservations about the draft.
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