France ups pressure on Russia over Syria

By REUTERS
February 4, 2012 16:40

 
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PARIS - France raised the pressure on Russia on Saturday by warning that countries that blocked a UN Security Council resolution on Syria after activists said more than 200 people were killed in Homs would bear a "heavy responsibility in history".

The comments came after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a draft UN resolution on Syria was "not hopeless," but needed amendments to avoid giving the impression the world body was taking sides.

"The international community must recognize and support the right of the Syrian people to freedom, security and the choice of its political future," French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said in a statement that described the situation in Homs as "savagery".

"Those who block the adoption of such a resolution will bear a heavy responsibility in history," he said.

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