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Post by Happy Life Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:47 pm

Russia says will veto 'unacceptable' Syria resolution






* Russia says will veto draft if it worsens crisis

* Demands intervention be ruled out

* UN diplomats see days of negotiations ahead

MOSCOW - Russia said on Wednesday it would veto any UN resolution on
Syria that it finds unacceptable, after demanding any measure rule out
military intervention to halt the bloodshed touched off by protests
against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

The political violence in Syria has killed at least 5,000 people in
the past 10 months and activists say Assad's forces have stepped up
operations this week on opposition strongholds, from Damascus suburbs to
the cities of Hama, Homs and the border provinces of Deraa and Idlib.

Arab and Western states urged the UN Security Council on Tuesday to
act swiftly on a resolution backing an Arab League plan calling for
Assad to hand powers to his deputy and defuse the 11-month-old uprising
against his family's dynastic rule.

"If the text will be unacceptable for us we will vote against it, of
course," Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin told reporters in Moscow via a
videolink from New York.

"If it is a text that we consider erroneous, that will lead to a
worsening of the crisis, we will not allow it to be passed. That is
unequivocal," he said.

His remarks came hours after Russia's envoy to the European Union,
Vladimir Chizhov, said there was no chance the Western-Arab draft text
could be accepted unless it expressly rejected armed intervention.

UN Security Council ambassadors met in New York on Wednesday to
discuss ways to overcome their disagreements on the wording of the
European-Arab draft resolution that Morocco submitted to council members
on Friday.

The closed-door negotiations ended without a final agreement and will
resume on Thursday, Germany's UN mission said. The draft will be
updated to reflect Wednesday's discussions, which the mission said were
"rather constructive."

A council diplomat at the meeting told Reuters, however, that Churkin
reiterated to council members that the expression of full support for
the Arab League plan in the current draft was "unacceptable." He also
made clear Moscow could not accept the expression of concern in the
draft about arms sales to Syria unless there was a waver for weapons
transfers to the Syrian government, the diplomat said.

"It's way too soon in my judgment to know whether ultimately there
will be agreement," US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told
reporters, adding, "It's long past time for this council to take
meaningful action."

Despite the Russian comments, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe
said a "window of hope" had opened. "We will work furiously in the next
few days to try and get a resolution that will allow the Arab League to
forge ahead in finding a solution," he told parliament in Paris.

Russia says the West exploited fuzzy wording in a March 2011 UN
Security Council resolution on Libya to turn a mandate to protect
civilians in the North African country's uprising into a push to remove
the government, backed by NATO air strikes, that led to the overthrow of
Muammar Gaddafi.


Russia has also expressed concern that the draft's threat of further
measures against Syria could lead to sanctions, which it opposes.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the policy of isolation
and trying to remove the government risked igniting a "much bigger
drama" in the Middle East.

"The people who are obsessed with removing regimes in the region,
they should be really thinking about the broader picture," he told the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"And I'm afraid that if this vigor to change regimes persists, we are
going to witness a very bad situation much, much, much broader than
just Syria, Libya, Egypt or any other single country."


http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2012-02/02/content_14527912.htm

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