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US seeks Russia's cooperation over Syria resolution
Washington, June 18, 2011
The US has sought Russia's
cooperation in preparing a resolution on Syria for a vote at
the UN Security Council.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the issue with
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a phone
conversation Friday, said US state department spokeswoman
"Clinton's discussion with Sergey Lavrov focused on the
activity in the UN Security Council and how the US and Russia
can work together to make sure that we can get to a UN
Security Council resolution," she said.
Clinton "expressed her hope that the US and Russia can work
together," the spokeswoman said, adding "It was a good
On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said France and
Germany will go ahead with a resolution condemning violence in
Syria at the UN Security Council and try to persuade Russia,
who has opposed such a resolution, to change its mind and back
Syrian rights organisations estimate that some 1,300 people
have been killed and more than 10,000 arrested in Syria since
protests demanding the end of President Bashar al-Assad's
authoritarian rule broke out in the country in mid-March.
Some 10,000 people have fled to Turkey as Syrian security
forces have cracked down on towns and villages at the
Russia has called for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian
crisis, saying that the situation in Syria does not present a
threat to international peace and security and that the
Syrians themselves should resolve the violent confrontation
without any outside influence.