UN Security Council Condemns Violence by Syrian Regime

UN Security Council opens meeting on North Korea's missile launch, Apr. 13, 2009. [AP Photo]

In a statement today, the United Nations Security Council condemned the widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said, “This is an important and strong statement. It was long overdue.”

Ambassador Rice continued, “…I think the Assad regime has been counting on the fact that the Security Council would be unable to speak. And that they would not be condemned. And that they would have protectors and defenders that would make it impossible for that condemnation to emerge. And surely they must be quite surprised and disappointed by the outcome.

"And hopefully, the people of Syria will get the sense that there are many… more »

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