Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- European Union leaders called on Russia to back a United Nations Security Council resolution backing an Arab League plan to end the bloodshed in Syria.
“A swift reaction by the UN Security Council is urgently needed,” European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said in a statement after a Brussels meeting of heads of government of the 27 EU members. “I urge all members of the UN Security Council to assume their responsibilities in relation to the situation in Syria, and adopt steps long overdue in order to bring an end to the repression in Syria.”
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European foreign ministers will attend tomorrow’s Security Council meeting to support an Arab League plan calling for Bashar al- Assad to step down in favor of a national unity government.
“The EU continues to support the efforts of the League of Arab States aimed at ending the violence in Syria and welcomes the decision of the League of Arab States to increase cooperation with the United Nations,” Van Rompuy said, expressing his “outrage over the continuing violence.”
The violence has left more than 5,000 dead since the uprising against Assad began in March and has intensified since the Arab League halted its observer mission last week.
Syria has rejected the Arab League proposal, saying it infringes on the country’s sovereignty, while Russia has opposed Security Council efforts to take action against Syria.
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