United States hopes for Security Council action on Syria

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Susan E . Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States of America and President of the Security Council for the month of April

The United States hopes that the Security Council will take action against the government of Syria if it does not withdraw its forces from populated areas and stop the use of heavy weapons by 10 April as it has promised.

That's what Ambassador Susan Rice, the President of the Security Council told reporters when she outlined the work of the Council during the United States presidency in April.

She said Kofi Annan, the joint UN-Arab League special envoy on Syria, has been told by the Syrian government that it will implement his six-point plan to end the crisis in the country.

Ambassador Rice said there is no secret that in the past members of the Security Council have been divided on what action to take against Syria.

"What we hope may be different now is that now we are now united around the initiative of Joint Special Envoy Annan. The Council has endorsed his six-point plan, and in that context, should the Syrian regime continues its violence we hope that that would create a climate that would be perhaps improved over the past in which all Member States see the wisdom of delivering not just a strong message but strong actions that might change the calculus of the government in Damascus."

Duration: 27″

Ambassador Rice said other issues on the Security Council's agenda include the danger of nuclear material falling into the hands of terrorists, the situation in Sudan, and the involvement of young people in the work of the Council.

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