Clinton Clashes With Russian Counterpart Lavrov at UN Over Stance on Syria [View all]
By Flavia Krause-Jackson - Mon Mar 12 15:34:53 GMT 2012
Russia came under renewed attack at the United Nations today over its protection of Syria after President Bashar al-Assad rejected peace proposals by UN envoy Kofi Annan and persevered in a deadly crackdown on protesters.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, addressed the UN Security Council today with clashing views on how to tackle a year-old uprising. While the U.S. administration has said Assad must go, Russia has vetoed two draft resolutions in the past five months seeking to hold Assad accountable and support a political transition.
“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,” Clinton told the UN decision-making body. “We do not believe that sovereignty demands that this council stand silent when governments massacre their own people.”
Speaking just before her, Lavrov criticized what Russia sees as “risky recipes of geopolitical engineering” put forward at the UN. He was critical of “making hasty demands for regime change, imposing unilateral sanctions designed to trigger economic difficulties and social tensions in the country.”