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United Nations - Mar 12, 2012 - 20:20

Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 17:20

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Russia and China to back the Arab League approach to resolving the humanitarian and political crisis in Syria.

"We believe that now is the time for all nations, even those who have  previously blocked our efforts, to stand behind the humanitarian and political approach spelled out by the Arab League," Clinton told the UN Security Council.

Russia and China last month vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning the crackdown by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and outlining a proposed Arab League political transition.

It was the second UN resolution blocked by the two.

"The international community should say with one voice without hesitation or caveat that the killing of innocent Syrians must stop and a political transition must begin," Clinton said.

"The Syrian people deserve the same opportunity to shape their future that the Tunisians, Egyptians, and Libyans now enjoy."

"Syrian government must end its violence before opposition stops defending itself," Clinton added.

[Source: AFP]

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