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Russia’s Lavrov: only U.N. should decide on force against Syria
Posted By admin On August 20, 2012 @ 8:41 am In World News | Comments Disabled
August 20, 2012
The United Nations Security Council alone can authorize the use of force against Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, warning against what he called imposing “democracy by bombs”.
Lavrov’s warning against intervention comes as Syria’s 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad grinds on with no sign of a ceasefire and as the United States and others consider what further steps they can take to end the bloodshed.
“We find it appropriate to defend the U.N. Charter that states the use of force can be only be decided by the Security Council,” Lavrov said in a speech in Helsinki, where he was meeting Finnish government leaders.
“Syria’s situation is important and causing worry not only because of the bloodshed but also because the outcome of this drama will impact the way conflicts will be resolved; either following the U.N. Charter, or democracy by bombs, will win.”
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