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Syrian unrest escalates as UN resolution stalls (3)

(Xinhua)

16:57, February 04, 2012

"We want to see the Security Council speak in a unified and strong fashion in support of the Syrian people, but also to the Syrian government that the violence needs to end and a political transition needs to take place," he said.

But Toner declined to say whether Clinton has secured Russia's support for a watered-down UN Security Council resolution on Syria.

As the Security Council still seems divided over finding an appropriate approach to end the simmering tension in Syria, opponents and proponents in Syria appeared to be united over rejecting any measure that would change Assad's government by force, saying it would be "disastrous."

George Gabbour, a political analyst, believed that Syrians reject the use of force to topple the government in their country because "the use of military power would be disastrous and it doesn't commensurate with the interests of a large segment of the Syrian people."

Gabbour told Xinhua that toppling the government by force is "a violation to the United Nations' charter and the principles of international law."

For his part, Hassan Abdul-Azim, head of the opposing National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, also rejected the concept of using force to change the Assad regime.

"Such intervention would pose dangerous repercussions on the Syrian and regional arena as well," Abdul-Azim told Xinhua.

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