Syria to continue crackdown
Tuesday 24 January 2012
Syria's foreign minister has signaled that his country will continue its 10-month crackdown on dissent.
Walid al-Moallem said it's the duty of the government to take any steps it sees necessary to protect against chaos.
His news conference came one day after President Bashar Assad's regime rejected an Arab-brokered plan to end the country's bloodshed.
The plan calls for a unity government within two months, which would then prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held under Arab and international supervision.
Syria has long held that a foreign conspiracy is behind the uprising.
Al-Moallem said it was clear that some Arab countries have joined the conspiracy.
Britain's foreign secretary is urging the Arab League to press the UN Security Council to condemn Syria's violent crackdown on the country's uprising.
William Hague said the Arab bloc must help to persuade Russia and China to drop their objections to passing a UN resolution on Syria.
The UN estimates about 5,400 people have been killed since an uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in March.
Hague said "it is overdue for the UN Security Council to speak out."
Hague says the Arab League must explain the situation to the UN and press the Security Council for "an appropriate resolution that will assist toward saving lives."
Britain and European allies offered a proposed UN resolution in October, but it was vetoed by Russia and China.
Geoffrey Macnab does not like the comedian's big screen debut
Look beyond the usual shows for the best festive telly
The battle for control of Stieg Larsson's £30m legacy
French pub fined €9,000 after customers returned empties to bar - because it's 'undeclared labour'
Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
PAs cleared of fraud - and Nigella Lawson left reeling at 'ridiculous sideshow' of drug allegations and public dissection of her marriage to Charles Saatchi
Burglar steals video tapes of child abuse, hands them into police
Paul Walker's daughter Meadow attends Justin Bieber Believe premiere
- 1 Bonuses for goals and top four finish as Luiz Suarez joins Premier League's top three earners
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 #Teamnigella: It’s the only side to be on
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 5 Burglar steals video tapes of child abuse, hands them into police
- < Previous
- Next >
£60000 - £90000 per annum + benefits + bonus: Harrington Starr: Business Analy...
£52000 per annum + Fantastic Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: Audit Supervisor...
£38000 - £86000 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: Celebrate the New...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: Secondary Maths Teache...