France and UK Urge UN Action on Syrian Crackdown



France and Britain are increasing pressure for a United Nations Security Council resolution denouncing the Syrian government’s crackdown on opposition rallies. Alain Juppe, the French foreign minister, says it is “inconceivable that the UN remains silent” amid worsening violence. The UK is planning to present a draft resolution on Wednesday. However, unlike the case in Libya, this draft doesn’t call for sanctions or military campaign against Damascus. Meanwhile, residents are said to be fleeing the northern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour ahead of a likely military operation, after the government claimed 120 security personnel were killed there.

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