European members of the UN Security Council stepped up their rhetoric on Syria Wednesday, calling for tougher action against Damascus as it resists international calls to end a deadly crackdown on five months of anti-government protests.
REUTERS - European members of the Security Council on Wednesday threatened Syria that it could face tougher U.N. action if it continued a bloody crackdown on protesters, while Russia urged Damascus to implement promised reforms as soon as possible.
Deadly crackdown in Syria's restive city of Homs
Syrian security forces have shot dead 17 people in a protest hub, activists said, while Western nations ramped up calls for action after a "chilling" UN Security Council briefing.
After a defiant President Bashar al-Assad pledged early this week to pursue a relentless battle against "terrorist groups," activists said Wednesday that regime forces shot dead 17 people in the city of Homs, wounding another 20.
Envoys of Britain, France, Germany and Portugal spoke to reporters after a closed-door session of the 15-nation council convened to assess Syria’s compliance with last week’s call by the Security Council for “an immediate end to all violence.”
Date created : 2011-08-11