UN rights forum to hold debate on Syria

February 27, 2012 16:08

GENEVA - The top United Nations human rights forum will hold an urgent debate on Tuesday on the deteriorating situation in Syria after Russia said it had no formal objections but warned that any written record of the talks would be "counterproductive".

Qatar marked the opening of the Human Rights Council's annual four-week session on Monday by asking for an urgent debate on Syria, a request that was backed by most Arab League members, as well as the European Union and the United States.

Iran raised objections to holding an emergency debate on the violence engulfing its ally. Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi will address the talks later in the day but, as an observer, Iran could not block consensus at the 47-member forum.

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