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SYRIAN REGIME ATROCITIES MERIT INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURTS INTERVENTION


(Washington, DC – 4/27/11) — The popular uprising in Syria has escalated in recent days and weeks with the President Bashar Assad’s  increasing use of force to intimidate, disperse and kill anti-government civilian protesters. The Muslim Public Affairs Council condemns the use of violence by the Syrian government and demands intervention by the International Criminal Courts to bring perpetrators of war crimes against civilians to justice.

SEE: “ Syrian Crisis Tests the Mettle of Its Autocratic Ruler” (NY Times)

MPAC commends  President Barack Obama’s statement on Syria, which called the Syrian regime’s moves to lift the emergency law, reshuffle the cabinet and allow for pre-approved organized protests meaningless in light of the continued use of deadly violence against civilian protesters. The White House, State Department and members of Congress should call for Assad to step down as was done with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in addition to calling for war crimes prosecution for those responsible for the violence against civilian demonstrators as has been done  in the case of Col. Muammar Qaddafi.

More than 450 civilians have been killed in the past four weeks in anti-government protests, which includes the more than 120 civilians killed by security forces in just the past three days. Adding to the situation is the denial of medical care to wounded civilians across the country. Meanwhile, Syrian opposition members  met in Istanbul yesterday asking for the international community to pressure Assad to halt the recent brutal crackdowns against demonstrators.

 

SEE: “Editorial: Shameful U.S. Inaction on Syria’s Massacres” (Washington Post)

Dr. Zaher Sahloul, Chairperson of the  Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago and a prominent Syrian American, issued the following statement Monday:

“We urge all people of conscience to call their elected officials and ask them to pressure the Syrian government to stop the killing of civilians, protect the demonstrators, provide open access to medical care, allow free access to humanitarian organizations and international media and to expedite serious political and democratic reforms that satisfy the aspirations of the Syrian people.”

Media coverage of the protests and subsequent crackdowns has been minimal due to limited access provided to international media outlets. In the face of such brutality against innocent civilians, it is urgent that all people of conscience contact their elected officials to take action on this crisis. We must demand unimpeded access for international media to determine the full extent of human rights violations in Syria and to hold culprits accountable.

ACTION REQUESTED:

SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS:

  • Just as President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders called for the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Libyan President Col. Muammar Qaddafi, so too must they call for the immediate resignation of Syrian President Bashar Assad. His deadly attacks on peaceful demonstrators must be condemned by the U.S., if we truly support democracy and the will of the people.
  • The Syrian government must immediately stop the killing of civilians, protect peaceful demonstrators, provide open access to medical care, allow free access to humanitarian organizations and international media and expedite serious political and democratic reforms that satisfy the aspirations of the Syrian people.

 

Founded in 1988, MPAC is an American institution which informs and shapes public opinion and policy by serving as a trusted resource to decision makers in government, media and policy institutions. MPAC is also committed to developing leaders with the purpose of enhancing the political and civic participation of American Muslims.

 

[CONTACT: Marium Mohiuddin,              323-258-6722      ,  marium@mpac.org]

Siria: decretos abusivos Assad (Spanish subtitles)


Reglamento por el gobierno que limitan los derechos de los sirios incluidos los partidos políticos, la seguridad, la nacionalidad y… las palomas

NYT: More Nonsense on Bashar Assad #Syria


The Assad family. Hafez al-Assad and his wife,...

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In today’s “Clock Ticking Against Assad,” another NYT analyst equates “studied abroad, elegant British-born wife, French speaking, and widely-read” with a desire “to reform the repressive police state he inherited from his father, given time and opportunity.” We are told that Bashar, unlike his stern father, “seems quiet, almost meek.”

The press’s treatment of Assad reminds me of the foolish optimism that greeted the appointment of the “sophisticated” Yury Andropov. (Andropov must be a reformer; he loves jazz, cognac and speaks foreign languages. Bashar must be a reformer he studied medicine in Britain).

Apparently Assad’s brutal crackdown of his own people has dashed our expectations. The Obama administration’s bet that Assad, the closet reformer, will democratize and broker a real peace with Israel appears to be lost. But, we learn from the article that this is not Basher’s fault. He is surrounded by sinister relatives and security forces, who stymie his benevolent impulses. His fault (according to an anonymous diplomat) is that he “doesn’t have the courage to do what he needs to do for the sake of the country.”

Somehow we are supposed to believe that one of the world’s tightest and most brutal dictatorships is made up of “good” and “bad” factions, where the bad guys do bad things behind the back of the “good” head of state. We are supposed to believe that Syrian security forces assassinated a leading Lebanese politician without Bashar knowing. Bashar must also be blissfully unaware of Syria’s support of Hezbollah mischief, or of the clandestine attempt to build nuclear weapons.

We are told that Basher’s salvation is meaningful reform. The Baath regime will survive if it allows freedom of assembly and press and opposition political parties! For Bashar’s sake, he should not read such stuff. Basher’s survival chances are near zero if he offers “meaningful reforms.” They will only show weakness and intensify the demonstrations (now without fear of being shot dead). The only “reform” the outraged Syrian population will accept is the removal of Bashar and his entire regime. Bashar Assad, like Qadaffi in Libya and the Mullahs in Iran, can only survive by the sword. That is their best chance, and they are likely to win.

Our diplomats and journalists must learn that dictatorships operate according to specific dynamics that do not depend on the education, background, or humanistic orientation of their leaders. Stalin was extremely well read; was kind to his daughter, and made a great impression on Roosevelt. Pol Pot frequented Paris coffee houses as he wrote his dissertation at the Sorbonne. Hitler had excellent table manners. Bashar speaks French and reads good books.

These things make little difference. They are a foundation of sand upon which to base foreign policy.

Posted by Paul Gregory

A Message from a Syrian!


Below is a message from Syria describing the development of the defenseless Syrian people  and how they are being persecuted, they are calling on the world to stand up and help them…

The Syrian people are exposed today to a severe genocide carried out by the Syrian tyrant Bashar Assad and his terrorist security forces of the regime which is an infringement and a clear violation of all international laws, rules and values.

Please take all the necessary procedures and actions to stop these massacres against our Syrian disarmed people immediately.
They kill us with cold blood. They kill even the injured people in hospitals. They kidnap our youth from their homes and execute them. Imagine this regime when arresting students of Grade 4 (10 years old) just because they wrote protests against the regime on the wall, and the horrible thing is that the security forces pulled their nails out by torturing them and exposed them to electric shocks!
They steal corpses of the martyrs from the hospitals. They cut water and electricity and prevent flour, food, medicine and even milk of children from entering the cities.
Please stop this terrorist regime immediately!
We appeal to you on behalf of all the Syrian people with all its racial, ethnic, religious and sectarian components, Muslims and Christians; on your capacity as leaders of the free democratic world, and as supporters of human rights and freedom of expression and sponsors of the charters of global and international legislations which protect human dignity, considering your governments, your countries and your peoples’ prominent international role in the protection of oppressed peoples, support the peaceful liberation movements, seeking your support fordemocracy and peaceful coexistence, cooperation and positive interaction with all nations and peoples of the civilized world, we, the Syrian people, urge you to support our peaceful uprising against this terrorist regime to get our legal rights.
It should be noted that the system of Assad and his gangsters cooperate with Iran, Hizbullah and the extremist forces that threaten theinterests of the civilized world and threaten world peace through suppression of peaceful movements of peoples.
We, the Syrian people, in all of our components and sects reject terrorism and condemn the behavior of the Syrian dictatorial corrupt regime that has been oppressing us for nearly half a century, we reject his illegal behavior, conspiracies and plots against neighbors and his continued threatening of the world peace that cause strained relations between the neighboring peoples and harm to the democratic countries.
We also confirm that the movement of our people is a hundred percent peaceful and has not any kind of link, relationship or status with anypolitical, religious or sectarian party, and we do not have any relations with any countries, organizations or ideologies.
We want to take our role as active and positive part with all the world’s developed world to the renaissance of the democratic free world, the march of human civilization and the preservation of regional and global peace.
This is only an example of shooting the Syrian kids by Assad’s militiamen!

United Nations discuss Syrian Turmoil ( Live)

Syrian War Criminals regime is claiming that Al Jazeera is distributing a hallucinations drugs


I am so sorry for this post, but I couldn’t help it but to show the world of how the Syrian War Criminals regime is claiming that Al Jazeera is distributing a hallucinations drugs with their logo on it?  This is very funny but at the same time really sad. I just can’t believe  that the people of Syria are ruled by this kind of criminal regime.  I though Gaddafi would be the only one to Blame “Hallucination Pills”, but the  Criminals regime in Syria have TOPPED Libya Gaddafi !!!

Syrian Revolution News Round-up ملخص أحداث الثورة السورية Day 43: Tuesday, 26 April 2011


Syrian Revolution News Round-upDay 43: Tuesday, 26 April 2011
ملخص أحداث الثورة السورية
اليوم ٤٣: الثلاثاء، ٢٦ نيسان/أبريل ٢٠١١

Mutiny Still Unconfirmed But Continued Defiance Is!

Reports of mutiny in ranks among army divisions sent to Deraa City keep pouring in from myriad eyewitness sources, but the extant thereof and the details of what exactly is involved remain murky.
Confirmed death toll: 474 List of names (Arabic)

Cities and towns under siege: Deraa City, Douma, Jableh, Banyas, Homs, Mouddamiyyeh, Hama.

Cities and towns where protests, sit-in and vigils took place today: Jassem, Ankhel, Homs, Lattakia, Banyas, Amoudeh, Tal, Zabadani.

Cities and towns where communications were cut off: Deraa, Douma.

Cities and communities where basic services, including water and electricity, were cut off: Deraa City.

Something is surely happening in Deraa City, something that, in common parlance, is often referred to as a “massacre.” To be specific: a massacre of unarmed civilians by security forces and soldiers working for the Assads: Syria’s ruling crime family.

The inhabitants of Deraa tell horrifying stories of streets strewn with the bodies of the dead that residents are unable to retrieve for fear of meeting the same fate, and of living in complete darkness and destitution as basic services, including water and electricity have been cut off by the invading Assad armies, who continue to lay siege to the city preventing the arrival of much needed food and medical supplies. Still, the eyewitnesses we have managed to talk to tell of brave stories of people defying army tanks with rocks, and smuggling food and water from the nearby Palestinian refugee camps. The Palestinians may not have Syrian citizenship, but have been living here since 1948, in fact, most have been born here, and to them Deraa residents are brothers, and the idea of taking a neutral stance vis-à-vis current developments seems unconscionable.

But the fog of war overlaying the city is also giving birth to addicting reports of mutiny in the ranks, pitting one army division against another. The reports tell of few defections from the ranks of the 5th Division mushrooming into a full-fledged mutiny, when few high-ranking officers decided that defecting is not enough and that they had a duty to protect the city and its unarmed residents from vicious assault of pro-Assad troops making up the 4th Division and lead by none other than Maher Al-Assad, the brother of the titular president.

But the reports don’t stop here, but go on to tell of the capture or at least trapping of Maher Al-Assad, and one Rustom Ghazali, the acting chief of political security assigned to deal with the protests in Deraa. Al-Jazeerah Arabic even aired eyewitness testimony confirming some aspects of this, while the Syrian opposition channel, Barada TV, seemed to endorse the reports as factual. Facebook chat groups are naturally abuzz at this stage.

Considering the volatility of the current situation and that these kind of reports are nt exactly unusual in these circumstance, one is tempted to dismiss them in their entirety. But it should be borne in mind that the reports of the mutiny itself have been around for 48 hours now, and seeing how serious such a development would prove to be to the Assads, and the fact that the protestr movement is banking on splitting the army, if not winning it whole over to their side, Alawites and all, the fact that this report is allowed to circulated unchallenged for so long lends it some credibility.

Other than the massacres perpetrated by Assad thugs, there are some strange goings-on in Deraa that seem to warrant further investigations.

Be that as it may, the show force in Deraa, and another one in the Damascene suburb of Douma, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale, did not prevent protesters from keeping up the daily routine of showing solidarity, defying odds and snipers, and demanding end to Assad rule.

The Ramleh Neighborhood in Lattakia has witnessed such a protest, but, and according to eyewitness reports, it was quickly and violently put down by security forces and Shabbiha gangs. The situation somewhat was more peaceful in other parts of Syria, including the Damascene suburbs of Tal and Zabadani, other towns and cities in Deraa Province, including Jassem and Ankhel, as well as the cities of Banyas, Amoudeh and Homs.

It’s as though protesters throughout Syria are telling the Assads to take their security forces, unofficial militias and loyal army divisions and shove them where the sun doesn’t shine, pardon my Syrian.

قصف بالمدفعية تقابله جهود دولية
استمر القصف بالمدفعية على مدينة درعا منذ الصباح الباكر، وتواصل إطلاق النار وقد سقط حصيلة هذه الاعتداءات ما لا يقل عن ستة شهداء وعشرات الجرحى، كما تمكن أهالي مدينة درعا من سحب جثث خمس وعشرين شخصاً كانوا قد استشهدوا في أوقات سابقة واحتجزت قوات الأمن جثثهم، ولك يتمكن أهالي المدينة من التعرف على بعض الجثث بسبب تشويه قوات الأمن للجثث، واستخدامهم لأسلحة متفجرة في قتلهم
وفي دوما استمر الحصار للمدينة، حيث انتشرت قوات الأمن بالشوارع وقامت بسد الشوارع بأكياس الرمل ونشرت المدرعات والآليات العسكرية ، ونصبت في المدينة العديد من الحواجز ونقاط التفتيش، ولوحظ رجال الأمن يحملون قوائم تحمل ما يقارب من خمسمائة اسم من شباب دوما ليتم اعتقالهم، كما استمر قطع وسائل الاتصالات في المدينة وبدأت المؤن بالنفاذ. وقال أطباء من المشفى الوطني بداريا أنه لا يزال هناك العديد من الشهداء بالمشفى ولم يتم تسليمهم إلى أهاليهم لانقطاع الطرقات بالحواجز الأمنية والاعتقالات القائمة، كما أشاروا إلى اعتقال بعض الجرحى ونقلهم إلى أماكن مجهولة. وفي مدينة جبلة قامت قوات الأمن بمنع تشييع الشهداء ظهر يوم الثلاثاء مع استمرار ارتفاع عدد الشهداء إلى 15 شخصاً بسبب انقطاع المعونات الدوائية
وخرجت مظاهرات في مناطق من دمشق، في التل والزبداني، وكذلك في بانياس وعامودا نصرة لدرعا وللمطالبة بإسقاط النظام، كما اعتصم طلاب بكلية الزراعة في الحسكة نصرةً لدرعا، واعتصم طلاب كلية طب الأسنان بجامعة حلب كذلك وهددت إدارة الجامعة بالقيام بفصل الطلاب المعتصمين من الجامعة، كما أقيم اعتصام ليلي في مدينة الجاسم، من جهته خرجت مظاهرة نسائية بشتى مناطق درعا مطالبة بفك الحصار
كما استقال رئيس اتحاد الطلبة السوريين في جمهورية التشيك إياس الخليلي من إتحاد الطلبة ومن عضوية حزب البعث تضامناً مع الشعب، وشهد اليوم استقالة أكثر من مسئول من مجالس المحافظات. وقد أصدر طلاب جامعة دمشق بياناً أدانوا فيه ما يحدث من اعتداءات من قبل قوات الأمن على الحرم الجامعي مطالبين بمحاسبة كل من أساء، وواصفين هذه الأعمال بالتخريبية
وعلى المستوى الدولي أقيم في اسطنبول بتركيا مؤتمر “لقاء اسطنبول من أجل سورية” والذي أقامته منظمات المجتمع المدني الحقوقية في تركيا وشارك فيه العديد من الناشطين الحقوقيين السورين، وأكدوا فيه على ضرورة وقف حمام الدم الجاري في سورية. كما بدأ مجلس الأمن مداولاته بشأن الوضع في سورية مع صدور توقعات بأن تواجه جهود إصدار بيان لإدانة أعمال العنف والقمع الجارية هناك معارضة من قبل كل من الصين وروسيا

From Social Networking WebsitesDamascus Suburbs

Video, v2, v3 Demo in Al-Zabadany to support besieged cities

Video Al-Tal demo to support Daraa & besieged cities

Video Security Snipers on Juber-Zamalka bridge

Homs

Video New: Random shooting by security elements towards people & houses

Video Baba Amr night demo supporting besieged cities

Horan

Video New: Elements of the Syria army fire at unarmed citizens chanting for the army

Video Heavy artillery shelling at Daraa town this mornging

Video Security forces & snipers spread in Daraa

Video, v2 Jassem: Night demo to support Daraa & besieged cities

Video Inkhil: Night demo to support Daraa & besieged cities

Video Daraa: Women’s demo demanding lifting the siege off Daraa

Video Jassem: Sheikh Hussein Al-Zeaby’s narration of what happened in Ezra

Video Jassem: Dr Mohamed Al-Ammar’s speech in a sit-in to support the people of Daraa

Video Demo led by a child from Horan & chants of ‘The people want to topple the regime’

Video Chants of the children of Horan againts the Syrian regime in a huge demo to support Daraa Monday night

Amouda

Video, v2 Demo to support besieged cities

Baniyas

Video Demo to support besieged cities

Egypt

Video Demo of Syrian & Egyptian youth in front of the Syrian embassy denouncing the crimes of the Syrian regime

Selection of TV Coverage

Video, v2 Ammar Kerby’s interview with Nasser Kandeel on Al-Jazeera

Video Commentary of sheikh Abd Al-Ilah Al-Melhem on BBC from Turkey about the Syrian revolution

Video Al-Arabiya report about the siege of Syrian cities by the army

Video Eyewitness from Daraa, Abd-Allah Aba-zayd, on Al-Jazeera

Video Eyewitness from Daraa town, Abd-Allah Hassan

Report Eyewitness from Al-Moadameyya

Video Al-Jazeera’s commentary on Sarkozy’s speech in the security council

Video Call-in of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, with Al-Jazeera

Video Ibrahim Saber’s report about the situation in Syria in Al-Jazeera mid-day program

Video Mohamed Fatouh & Ayman Abdul-Noor on Al-Hiwar channel

Video Hassan Abdul-Azeem’s interview from Damascus

Video Sarkozy’s speech about the situation in Syria

Video Maged Abdul-Hady’s report in Al-Jazeera end-of-day program

Video Mohamed Fatouh’s call-in in Point of Conversation program on BBC

Video Obeida Al-Nahas’s interview in 5 o’clock news on BBC

Video Report by the Turkish Arabic-speaking channel, TRT, about Istanbul’s meeting for Syria

Selection of Press Coverage

Article by Yasser Abo-Helela in Al-Ghad newspaper “Daraa waiting for the last chapter”

Article in Al-Quds Al-Araby about the partial affiliations in the Syrian scene

Report Some facts about Syria

Article on CNN that Assad might face a charge warranty from the International Criminal Court

Revolution Media

Promo The Syrian people brings down the dictator

Promo Syria under siege

Video For the sake of glory & homeland, men do not fear death

Miscellaneous

Video Resignation of the secretary of the Baath party in Ukraine

من مواقع التواصل الاجتماعيريف دمشق

تصوير جانب من مظاهرة التضامن مع المدن المحاصرة في الزبداني فيديو1، فيديو2، فيديو3

فيديو لمظاهرة طلاب التل اليوم لنصرة درعا والمدن المحاصرة

فيديو يوضح تواجد قناصة أمن على جسر جوبر زملكا

حمص

فيديو لمقطع جديد عن إطلاق نار عشوائي من قبل عناصر الأمن باتجاه المنازل والأهالي في حمص

فيديو لجانب من مظاهرة بابا عمرو المسائية دعما للمدن المحاصرة

حوران

فيديو جديد يصور إطلاق النار من عناصر الجيش السوري باتجاه الأهالي العزل الذين يهتفون للجيش

فيديو يوضح قصف بالمدفعية الثقيلة لدرعا البلد صباح اليوم

فيديو لانتشار قوات الأمن والقناصة في مدينة درعا

جاسم-تصوير جانب من الإعتصام المسائي نصرة لأهالي درعا والمدن المحاصرة فيديو1، فيديو2

فيديو لإعتصام مسائي في إنخل نصرة لأهالي درعا وبقية المدن المحاصرة

فيديو لمظاهرة نساء درعا للمطالبة بفك الحصار عن درعا

فيديو لحديث الشيخ حسين الزعبي عما حدث في إزرع

فيديو لخطاب الدكتور محمد العمار في اعتصام جاسم مناصرة أهالي درعا

فيديو لمظاهرة يقودها طفل حوراني وهتافات الشعب يريد إسقاط النظام

فيديو لمقطع من هتافات أطفال حوران ضد النظام السوري في مظاهرة حاشدة نصرة لدرعا مساء الإثنين

عامودا

فيديو لمظاهرة أهالي عامودا نصرة للمدن المحاصرة، فيديو2

بانياس

تصوير لجانب من مظاهرة أهالي بانياس لنصرة المدن المحاصرة

مصر

فيديو لجانب من وقفة الشباب السوري والمصري أمام السفارة السورية في القاهرة للتنديد بمجازر النظام السوري

من التغطية التلفزيونية

تسجيل لمقابلة عمار قربي مع ناصر قنديل على قناة الجزيرة فيديو1، فيديو2

فيديو لتعليق الشيخ عبدالإله الملحم على قناة بي بي سي من تركيا حول الثورة السورية

فيديو لتقرير قناة العربية عن حصار الجيش للمدن السورية

فيديو لتقرير لشاهد عيان عبدالله أبازيد من درعا على قناة الجزيرة

فيديو لشاهد عيان عبدالله حسن من درعا البلد

تقرير لشاهد عيان من المعضمية

فيديو لتعقيب قناة الجزيرة على خطاب ساركوزي في مجلس الأمن

فيديو لمداخلة المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان على قناة الجزيرة

فيديو لتقرير إبراهيم صابر  عن الوضع السوري في الجزيرة منتصف اليوم

فيديو لمحمد فتوح وأيمن عبدالنور على قناة الحوار

فيديو لمقابلة حسن عبد العظيم من دمشق

فيديو لتسجيل خطاب ساركوزي عن الوضع في سورية

فيديو لتقرير ماجد عبدالهادي في حصاد اليوم على قناة الجزيرة

فيديو لمداخلة محمد فتوح في برنامج نقطة حوار على قناة بي بي سي

فيديو لمقابلة عبيدة نحاس على قناة بي بي سي

فيديو لتقرير قناة التركية العربية عن لقاء اسطنبول من أجل سورية

مقالات صحفية

مقال ياسر ابو هلالة في جريدة الغد: درعا بانتظار الفصل الاخير

مقال صحيفة القدس العربي عن الانتماءات الجزئية في الواقع السوري

تقرير لبعض الحقائق حول سورية

مقال على قناة سي سي إن ” الأسد قد يواجه مذكرة اتهام من المحكمة الدولية

من إعلام الثورة

برومو الشعب السوري يسقط الدكتاتور

برومو سورية تحت الحصار

فيديو في سبيل المجد والأوطان رجال لا تهاب الموت

فيديو لأغنية رجع الخي لسمير شقير

فيديو لأغنية صاحت حوران

متعلقات

فيديو لاستقالة مس

Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Situation in Syria, at the Security Council Stakeout


Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN.

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April 26, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ambassador Rice: Good evening. The brutal violence being used by the Government of Syria against its own people is abhorrent and deplorable, and the United States condemns it in the strongest terms. The outrageous use of violence to quell protests must come to an end – and now. The Syrian Government’s actions to repeal the decade’s old emergency law and allow for peaceful demonstrations were clearly not serious, given the continued violent repression against protesters. The United States is currently pursuing a range of possible policy options, including additional targeted sanctions, to respond to the crackdown and make clear that this behavior is unacceptable.

The Syrian people’s call for freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and to choose their leaders freely must be heard. We strongly oppose the Syrian government’s treatment of its citizens and we continue to oppose its continued destabilizing behavior more generally – including support for terrorism and terrorist groups. Instead of listening to their own people, President Assad is disingenuously blaming outsiders, while at the same time seeking Iranian assistance in repressing Syria’s citizens, through the same brutal tactics that have been used by the Iranian regime. The United States will continue to stand up for democracy and respect for human rights, the universal rights that all human beings deserve in Syria and around the world. I’m happy to take a couple of questions.

Reporter: Ambassador, there is talk about probably dealing with Libya in a more definitive decisive way than dealing with the Syria issue. How hard of a time are you having with members, fellow members of the Security Council bringing the issue of Syria to the Security Council? And do you agree with some of the calls by different groups that it is time to start to think of moving on to the ICC in terms of accountability and the responsibility to protect, as well applying it to Syria as it was applied to Libya.

Ambassador Rice: Well, we certainly strongly support a discussion of the situation in Syria by the Security Council. We had an initial discussion today. We’ll have a more detailed briefing and discussion tomorrow. And we think that is appropriate, given the gravity of the situation and the concerns that we all share for the civilians that are at risk at present in Syria and the potential of this conflict to have implications for regional peace and security. But each of these situations is different. They are different in terms of their origins, of their consequences, and they will be different in terms of the action that is feasible and indeed desirable here from the Security Council.

Reporter: Ambassador. Two things, one given what you described as the abhorrent situation here, why isn’t there a quick agreement – I know you’re going to talk about it tomorrow – a quick agreement on some sort of statement? Obviously you left the meeting today without it. Number two, can you expand on what you said about Iranian influence in this situation?

Ambassador Rice: Well, first of all, Bill, we think that – this discussion today as you know was a briefing by the Secretary General on his trip and a handful of other topical issues. It was not an extensive briefing of the sort that we had last week for instance on Yemen and that we all agreed to seek tomorrow on Syria. So we will have that briefing. We will have a discussion about what reaction if any the Council can agree on and we will consider where to take this issue further. So we just haven’t had a full opportunity to do that yet and I hope that we will soon do so.

Reporter: How about the Iranian influence?

Ambassador Rice: With respect to – I’m not going to get into a great deal of detail on that, but we have said repeatedly that we are very conscious of and concerned by the evidence of active Iranian involvement and support on behalf of the Syrian government in its repression of its people. Thank you very much.

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PRN: 2011/085

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