Last updated: 12 March, 2012

Clinton asks UN members to back Syria effort

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday implicitly 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,” she added.

The chief US diplomat issued her remarks in the presence of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and China’s ambassador to the United Nations, Li Baodong.