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UN Security Council holds further talks on Syria

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Latest update : 2011-08-02

The UN Security Council held a second day of talks on Syria Tuesday as government forces continued to shell the city of Hama. Britain, France, Germany and Portugal are hoping to revive a formal resolution condemning the crackdown.

AFP - The UN Security Council on Tuesday held new talks on the Syrian government's deadly crackdown on protests, but hopes of a formal resolution condemning the violence remained faint, diplomats said.

The 15-nation council is now under mounting international pressure to take a stand on the worsening violence.

European nations distributed the text of a new draft resolution on Syria, but Russian and Indian envoys said it was barely different from a version they have been rejecting for the past two months.

"It is not new," said Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin.

EU adds five to Syrian blacklist

The European Union Tuesday added Syrian Defence Minister Ali Habib Mahmud and four others to its blacklist of individuals and businesses associated with the ongoing repression there.

The list now also includes Mohammed Mufleh, head of Syrian military intelligence in Hama.

Major General Tawfiq Yunis, head of 'internal security' in the General Intelligence Directorate and Mohammed Makhlouf, also known as Abu Rami, an uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have also been added.

Completing the list is Ayman Jabir who was "directly involved in repression and violence against the civilian population."
 
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"There has been no change to the text which was on the table, there has been some technical update," added Indian envoy Hardeen Singh Puri.

"Our position is very clear, I think the council needs to pronounce itself. Just how the council pronounces itself, in what way, with what degree of emphasis requires a discussion," Puri, president of the council for August, told reporters.

Russia and China, two of the five permanent council members with veto powers, had threatened to block past attempts to pass a resolution. Brazil, India and South Africa had also spoken out against a resolution or statement.

Following the new violence at the weekend, all Security Council countries have now expressed concern there is now wider acceptance that the Security Council must act, diplomats said.

Some diplomats say it is more likely the Security Council will now try to agree on a less formal statement on Syria, with no warning of UN action.

Date created : 2011-08-02

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