United States supports Arab League plan for Syria

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Susan Rice

Senior government leaders, including the United States Secretary of State, the Prime Minister of Qatar and the Secretary-General of the Arab League are attending a Security Council meeting on Syria on Tuesday.

Morocco, which is a non-permanent member of the Security Council, has tabled a draft resolution, to endorse a plan proposed by the Arab League to resolve the crisis.

According to reports, the plan, which is opposed by Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, is calling for President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power.

The representative of the United States, Ambassador Susan Rice says her government strongly supports the draft resolution tabled by Morocco.

"We think that what is contained in this resolution is quite straightforward. There are no sanctions. There is no use of force or threat of the use of force as some have alleged. It is primarily a straightforward condemnation of what has transpired, a call upon the government of Syria to adhere to the commitments it made to the Arab League and an endorsement of the Arab League plan which we think is vitally important and the minimum the Council should do."

Duration:  24"

The United Nations estimates that over 5,000 people have died in the unrest in Syria.

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