EU, Arabs seek UN assembly condemnation of Syria

By REUTERS
November 17, 2011 06:09

 
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UNITED NATIONS - Britain, France, Germany and several Arab states will call for a UN General Assembly vote soon to condemn Syria for nine months of violence against anti-government protesters, German officials said on Wednesday.

The three European powers will submit a draft resolution on Thursday with the intention of putting it to a vote in the General Assembly's human rights committee next Tuesday, a spokesman for Germany's UN mission said.

He said German, French and British delegations met with some Arab delegations on Wednesday to discuss the text and the outcome of an Arab League meeting on Syria in Rabat.

"There was strong support to go ahead with the draft resolution," he said. "Some Arab delegations even expressed their intention to co-sponsor the resolution."

Several diplomats told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Morocco and Kuwait were considering co-sponsoring the non-binding resolution on Syria.

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