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UNSC resolution on Syria
UNSC resolution on Syria

UN Security Council mulls Vote on Syria Violence

(DP-News - agencies)

UNITED NATIONS- Western countries have been trying to head off a Russian veto in the Security Council.

The UNSC 15-member body prepares to meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in New York to vote and consider a draft resolution that supports a decision by the Arab League to “facilitate a Syrian-led political transition,” and would pressure the government to stop a sustained, bloody crackdown on dissidents.

The U.N. Security Council will meet Saturday morning to take up a much-negotiated resolution on Syria, said a diplomat for a Western nation that sits on the council.



The diplomat spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be quoted by the media.

The U.S. and its partners have ruled out military action but want the U.N. body to endorse an Arab League plan that calls on President Bashar al-Assad to hand power over to Syria’s vice president.

Looming over the meeting is the threat that Russia may again block action against its Middle East ally. In an early sign that the Moscow was not prepared to back down, Russia's foreign minister warned Washington that any attempt to put the draft resolution on Syria to vote at the United Nations would lead to "scandal."

Lavrov made it clear that Russia was prepared to veto the resolution; he left open the possibility of finding a compromise.

Lavrov meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Saturday in Munich.



On Saturday too, Al Jazeera reported that shelling by security forces in the Syrian city of Homs killed at least 200 people.

Just hours before Saturday morning's meeting in New York, reports of carnage at the hands of the Syrian regime surged.

Government forces "committed one of the most horrific massacres since the beginning of the uprising in Syria," killing at least 260 civilians over the past day, the opposition Syrian National Council said Saturday.

"During the attack, residential buildings and homes were randomly and heavily bombed," the group said.

Some Syrian residents accused the international community as they are sitting idle while Syrian casualty bodies mount in the streets, international press reports said Saturday.



Foreign press reports reported Saturday that two main opposition groups, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees, said the death toll in Homs was more than 200 people and included women and children in mortar shelling that began late Friday.

More than half of the killings — about 140 — were reported in the Khaldiyeh neighborhood, press reports added.

Earlier on Friday, deadly clashes erupted between government troops and rebels in suburbs of the Syrian capital and villages in the south, sparking fighting that killed at least 23 people, including nine soldiers, activists told foreign press.

Press reports indicated “It was not possible to verify the reports as Syria restricts access for independent media.”



The Syrian government denied the assault Saturday. Syrian TV said the reports were untrue and come in the context of "incitement by the armed groups" against Syria to be exploited at the Security Council.

It claimed that corpses shown in amateur pictures and videos posted online — bodies that activists said were victims of the assault — were purportedly of people kidnapped by "terrorist armed groups" who filmed them to portray them as victims of the alleged shelling.



Press reports said that President al-Assad's regime has been intensifying an assault against army defectors and protesters. The U.N. said weeks ago that more than 5,400 people have been killed in violence since March. Hundreds more have been killed since that tally was announced.

In turn, the Syrian government blames “armed terrorist groups” are responsible for the unrest. Syrian government also says insurgents have killed more than 2,000 soldiers and policemen in clashes since March.

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