Calls in Security Council for support of Arab League plan for Syria

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States

The solution to the crisis in Syria is not similar to the one used to end the political upheaval in Libya last year, according to the United States Secretary of State.

Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke as the Security Council held a high-level debate on Tuesday afternoon to consider a plan proposed by the League of Arab States to end the political upheaval in Syria.

The plan calls for stopping all violence, freeing detainees, withdrawing all military forces from cities and residential areas, as well as allowing Arab League monitors and international media free access throughout the country in order to report on developments.

The plan was presented to the Council by the Prime Minister of Qatar and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States.

Several speakers, including Secretary of State of the United State, Hillary Rodham Clinton have expressed their support for the Arab League initiative.

"Now I know that some members here may be concerned that the Security Council could be headed towards another Libya. That is a false analogy. Syria is a unique situation that requires its own approach tailored to its specific circumstances occurring there. And that is exactly what the Arab League has proposed, a path for a political transition that would preserve Syria's unity and institutions."

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