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UN Security Council To Vote On Syria: New Resolution Draft Makes Major Concessions
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UN Security Council to Vote on Syria: New Resolution Draft Makes Major Concessions

After failing to reach an agreement on Thursday, the United Nations Security Council will meet once again on Saturday in hopes of signing into effect a resolution that will pressure Syrian President Bashar al Assad and stop the bloody crackdown that has been ongoing in the troubled country. On the eve of that meeting, news has been received that over two hundred people have been killed in and around the city of Homs. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has also reported that people are being kept immobile by nearly continuous bombing and snipers on roof tops keeping families from helping wounded loved ones trapped in the street.

Other troubling reports have also been received, including allegations that the Syrian government forces have been detaining, torturing and killing children, some in their own homes. The same human rights group has said that there are at least a dozen cases of children being forcibly arrested. Women are also among those reported dead.

The failed meeting on Thursday was not without some progress. Some of the demands made by the Arab League, including the insistence that President Assad be made to delegate his power to a deputy and that a new, unity government be formed and put in place have been dropped from the rewritten resolution. In addition, the resolution will make no mention of other nations placing sanctions on Syria in the form of economic or others when it is reread at the Saturday morning meeting. These changes were largely in part because of ongoing resistance by Russia who has demanded that all mentions of Assad losing power or arms embargoes be removed. Russian diplomats are concerned about civil war in Syria, as is the rest of the world but still refuses to accept economic sanctions as a valid way of handling the problems there. The resolution will also call for Syria to be more compliant with the observation and monitoring teams that are investigating the regime's treatment of civilians.

Nearly five thousand people have been killed in Syria since Assad announced a bloody crackdown. Security forces have been attacking protesters which has been disputed by Assad from the start. Deaths are being blamed on armed gangs that have been sent to Syria to disrupt the government and stir up additional trouble and controversy. Syria has prevented foreign media outlets from entering the country since the crackdown started, keeping a number of stories from being confirmed.


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