Syria opposition seeks resolution authorising use of force
The Syrian National Council hails the expulsion of diplomats from several Western countries, asks for a UN intervention
AFP , Tuesday 29 May 2012
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) meets with U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan in Damascus May 29, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
Syria's main opposition coalition called on Tuesday for a UN Security Council resolution authorising the "use of force" and welcomed the expulsion of top diplomats from several Western countries.
After economic sanctions and the expulsion of top diplomats from several Western countries, the UN Security Council should "adopt a resolution under Chapter VII (of the UN Charter) allowing the use of necessary force in order to put a stop to the genocide and the murders committed by the regime's militias," the Syrian National Council said.
The SNC also welcomed the expulsion of "the regime's ambassador in Paris and its representatives in Australia," adding that it "expects other countries to follow suit."
Several Western countries -- including France, Australia, Britain, Spain, Germany and Canada -- announced the expulsion of Syria's diplomatic representatives on Tuesday, in protest over ongoing repression in Syria and a massacre in the central town of Houla.
"Ending diplomatic relations and imposing economic sanctions on the regime is an essential part of the response to the horrific massacres that the regime is carrying out," the statement said.