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Clinton slams China, Russia's 'despicable' move of opposing UNSC on Syria

Washington , Sat, 25 Feb 2012 ANI

Washington, Feb 25(ANI): U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has slammed Russia and China as "despicable" for opposing the United Nations Security Council action on Syria.


Clinton predicted that a military coup would soon occur in Syria similar to that in Egypt and Tunisia that toppled the regime.


"It's quite distressing to see two permanent members of the Security Council using their veto while people are being murdered - women, children, brave young men - houses are being destroyed. It is just despicable and I ask whose side are they on? They are clearly not on the side of the Syrian people," CBS News quoted Clinton, as saying.


"We saw this happen in other settings last year, I think it is going to happen in Syria.We also know from many sources that there are people around Assad who are beginning to hedge their bets - they didn't sign up to slaughter people," he added.


Clinton said the Syrian regime will have "more blood on its hands" if it failed to immediately comply with cease-fire demands.


US President Barack Obama said the country would keep pressuring Syrian President Bashar Assad to stop the "slaughter" of civilians and stressed on the need for the international community to unite in condemning the Syrian protests.


"It is time to stop the killing of Syrian citizens by their own government," Obama said at the Friends of Syria conference in Tunisia.


The move aimed at pressing Assad and his allies into accepting demands for a democratic transition, even as they are still unwilling to commit to military intervention to end the violence.


The friends, led by the U.S. and European and Arab nations, also vowed to step up ties with the Syrian National Council, an opposition umbrella group. (ANI)


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