Germany, France to push Syria resolution in U.N.

14:37, June 18, 2011      

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and French President Nicolas Sarkozy answer questions during a joint press conference in Berlin, capital of Germany, June 17, 2011. (Xinhua/Ma Ning)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany will continue its efforts with France to push a resolution on Syria in the U.N. Security Council.

France and Germany want a Security Council resolution on President Bashar al-Assad's actions against Syrian citizens, saying "the use of violence against the people is unacceptable," Merkel said at a joint press conference with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Considering Russia's reluctance on the issue, she also said the two countries' U.N. representatives will discuss the situation in Syria with their Russian counterpart.

Sarkozy said Germany and France have agreed to strengthen sanctions against Syria.

"France, hand in hand with Germany, calls for tougher sanctions against Syrian authorities who are conducting intolerable and unacceptable actions and repression against the population," he said.

Since mid-March, Syria has witnessed unprecedented protests across the country.

Al-Assad who took office in 2000 succeeding his late father, responded to the unrest with a pack of reforms and by resorting to the army to quell mounting protests against his rule.

On Tuesday, France, Italy, Germany, Britain and Portugal proposed a draft resolution, calling for an end to the violence and starting political reforms in Syria.

Source: Xinhua

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