Britain says still seeking UN condemnation of Syria

May 5, 2011 02:03


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LONDON - Britain said on Wednesday it was still seeking condemnation at the United Nations of Syria's crackdown on protests despite being rebuffed in an attempt last week.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has used the army and police to try to crush weeks of pro-democracy protests that pose the boldest challenge to his family's 41 years of rule.

"In Syria, we are mustering international diplomatic action to pressure President Assad to stop the killing and repression and to take the path of genuine reform," British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a speech.

"I have instructed our diplomats to begin discussions with our partners at the UN in New York to seek UN condemnation of the situation in Syria," he said. "And we are working this week on EU sanctions on those responsible for the violence".

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