Wednesday, April 4, 2012

U.S.: U.N. must act if Syria violence doesn't stop

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States said Tuesday the U.N. Security Council must respond urgently and seriously if Syria fails to keep its pledge to halt offensive military operations by April 10.

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice told reporters that Syrian forces have been continuing offensive operations and the United States "is concerned and quite skeptical that the government of Syria will suddenly adhere to its commitments."

President Bashar Assad's government has agreed to international envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan and the April 10 deadline to halt the violence and pull troops and heavy weapons out of towns and cities.

Bashar's regime has been using force for the past year to try to put down what began as a peaceful civilian uprising. Read More