G8 countries are preparing to threaten Syria with United Nations action over its violent crackdown on protesters, DPA reported on Thursday quoting a draft summit declaration.
According to the report, the G8 was "appalled" by the deaths of hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators "as a result of the sweeping use of violence by Syrian authorities," and was planning to call on Syrian President Bashar Assad's government to "immediately" stop the crackdown and free all political prisoners.
"Should the Syrian authorities not heed this call, we will consider action in the United Nations Security Council," the draft, obtained by DPA, warns.
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