Topic: Protests in Syria
MOSCOW, August 4 (RIA Novosti)
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The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned against outside interference in the Syrian conflict, saying the country's citizens should solve their problems themselves.
"The settlement in this country should be carried out by the Syrians themselves without outside interference and should be based on an all-Syria dialogue, which is the only way to resolve the conflict," the ministry said in a statement.
Moscow's stance was voiced after French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said earlier on Thursday that the UN Security Council may take a tougher stance on Syria if the ruling regime fails to halt its deadly crackdown on protesters.
Juppe's comments came as Syrian troops and tanks continued their assault on the city of Hama, a center of opposition protest, and just hours after the Security Council adopted a statement condemning the "widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities."
Speaking to reporters in Paris, Juppe hailed the international body's condemnation as a "turning point" but warned that the Council may "go further in its decisions" if nothing has changed in a week's time, when it will meet to "reexamine the situation."
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the Security Council statement represented "the clear message of the international community" to President Bashar al-Assad.
Residents and rights campaigners say at least 140 people have been killed in the unrest in Hama. More than 1,600 civilians are believed to have been killed since protests began in March.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people rallied in several Syrian cities late on Wednesday.
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- ruypenalvaWhy in Libya that was not true!19:20, 04/08/2011There is any difference between Libya and Syria other than oil?
- avatar_singhrussia lost again-real fools19:27, 04/08/2011ofcourse they will -Russia has been duped willingly by anglos again
did it not occur to russia that bahraina nd daudi arabia and yemen atrocities are not talked about and why? did it nto occur to russia that rented crwod in syria maybe incited by angloamericans to create a scene that russia be forced out of shame to support interference by nato and thus encircle russia?
there is no fool greater than russia and china at the moment-they know enemeis are encircling but they are not doing anythign thinking they willbe immune. when russia willbe attacked it will find no freind int he world because of ehr attitude to libyaetc.
- avatar_singhRUSSIA WANTS TO BE DUPED SO OTEHRS WILL DUPE AND LOOT HER19:50, 04/08/2011http://www.counterpunch.org/piccinin08042011.html
August 4, 2011
How 10,000 Protestors Multiply Overnight to be 500,000
The Hama Affair
By PIERRE PICCININ
The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.