UN Security Council "should not respond to media reports" on Syria: envoy

09:55, April 27, 2011      

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Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said here on Tuesday that the UN Security Council, as a major UN body in charge of maintaining international peace and security, "should not respond to media reports" on the current situation in Syria, adding that "it is too early to decide" to send an international envoy to his country as his government has set up a national commission to look into the deaths of people.

Ja'afari made the statement to reporters here as the UN Security Council adjourned its closed-door consultations on Syria and decided to meet again on Wednesday on the situation of the Middle East country.

"The Security Council should not respond to media reports, but it should respond to the official reports," the Syrian ambassador said, referring to what is reported by his government.

The Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss how to respond to the deaths of protesters in Syria, with diplomats saying that a draft presidential statement is being considered.

UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said that he is following the situation in Syria with "increasing concerns," and he condemned "the continuing violence against peaceful demonstrators."

Earlier on Tuesday, Nestor Osorio, the Colombian UN ambassador who holds the rotating Security Council presidency for April, told reporters that the 15-nation Council is to meet again on Wednesday on Syria and it would not take any action on Tuesday.
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