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Clinton urges UN action to end violence in Syria

Clinton urges UN action to end violence in Syria

February 1st, 2012 in News

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told the Security Council on Tuesday that U.N. action to end the violence in Syria would be different from the NATO-led efforts in Libya that resulted in the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.

"I know that some members here may be concerned that the Security Council is headed toward another Libya," she said. "That is a false analogy."

Russia says it worries a draft measure aimed at Syria, currently before the council, could lead to military action and regime change - just as an Arab-backed U.N. resolution led to NATO airstrikes in Libya.

"It is time for the international community to put aside our own differences and send a clear message of support to the people of Syria," Clinton said.

Her comments followed a rare call by the Arab League to condemn violence in a fellow Arab country, and adopt its peace plan calling on Syrian President Bashar Assad to step aside.

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby told the council that the league wanted the Security Council act "to support our initiative and not to take its place."

"We are attempting to avoid any foreign intervention, particularly military intervention" in Syria, he said. "We have always stressed full respect of the security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian people."