Security Council backs work toward "a Syrian-led political transition"

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Mark Lyall Grant

The Security Council has sent what has been described as a "strong and united" message to the Syrian government to quickly respond to a plan to resolve the ongoing crisis in the country.

The Council on Wednesday adopted a presidential statement that unanimously backs the 6-point plan proposed by Kofi Annan, the Joint UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria.

The Council says the plan works to "facilitate a Syrian-led political transition" secure humanitarian access and obtain a UN "supervised cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties."

The Security Council presidential statement also affirms support for Mr. Annan's mission and says “further steps” will be taken if progress is not made.

United Kingdom ambassador to the UN, Mark Lyall Grant, is Security Council president for March.

"This send precisely the strong and united message to the Syrian government and all other actors in Syria that they need to respond and respond quickly and immediately to the 6 point plan that is being presented by Mr. Kofi Annan."

The Presidential Statement comes after Russia and China twice vetoed resolutions condemning Syria.

Presidential statements become part of the Security Council’s permanent record, but unlike resolutions are not legally binding.

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