European push for UN condemnation of Syria fails

By REUTERS
April 28, 2011 04:46

 
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UNITED NATIONS - A European push for the UN Security Council to condemn Syria's violent crackdown on anti-government protesters was blocked on Wednesday by resistance from Russia, China and Lebanon, envoys said.

"There will be no statement," a Security Council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Instead, Western countries called a public debate on Syria, but the meeting highlighted differences in the 15-nation council, with Russia charging that it was outside interference in Arab countries that could be a threat to peace.

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