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Syria - Jun 1, 2011 - 08:46

Last modified: 1 Jun 2011 04:46

Australia on Wednesday urged the United Nations to consider referring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the International Criminal Court, as it questioned the regime's legitimacy

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said he had extended sanctions against Assad's inner circle to more individuals associated with the president, and would discuss possible further legal steps with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

"I believe it is high time that the Security Council now consider a formal referral of President Assad to the International Criminal Court," Rudd told the National Press Club.