UN Syria sanctions draft targets Assad, family

Western nations circulate draft UN resolution; Russia says it does not think sanctioning Damascus is right approach at the moment.

Assad speaking 311 (photo credit: Screenshot)
Assad speaking 311
(photo credit: Screenshot)
UNITED NATIONS - Western nations circulated a draft UN resolution on Tuesday that calls for sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad, influential members of his family and key associates.
US and European delegations hope to put the draft resolution to a vote in the 15-nation Security Council as soon as possible. The sanctions are the Western nations' response to Damascus' five-month crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators, which the United Nations says has left 2,200 civilians dead.
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