24 Jan '12, 8pm

Europeans and Arabs seek UN vote on Syria next week - Channel NewsAsia: via @AddThis

UNITED NATIONS: European and Arab nations want a UN Security Council vote next week on a resolution condemning Syria's crackdown on protests and hinting at sanctions, diplomats said Tuesday. Britain, France, Germany and Arab nations are working on the resolution which could face Russian opposition because of a call on all states to follow Arab League sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad. Russia and China vetoed a previous European attempt in October to get a resolution passed condemning Assad for the violence in which the UN says more than 5,400 people have been killed. The western allies hope to build on growing Arab League demands for UN action on the Syria crisis, however. The United Nations has received a letter from Arab League secretary general Nabil al-Arabi seeking a meeting with UN leader Ban Ki-moon, a UN spokesman said. Diplomats from several Security Cou...

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