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UN Human Rights Council to discuss Syria Tuesday

Tuesday - Feb 28, 2012, 11:48am (GMT+5.5)
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Geneva -  The United Nations' Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will hold an urgent debate on Syria Tuesday.

Addressing the 19th session of the UNHRC, its president Laura Dupuy Lasserre said she hoped the international community would unanimously condemn the ongoing violence and other  human rights violations in this country.

"We hope there will be a positive response from the Syrian authorities so that we can help all those affected," Xinhua quoted Lasserre as saying.

Russia, after initial hesitation, agreed to hold the special meeting. But it stressed the discussion would not result in a written document as that would not be useful in resolving the situation  in Syria.

Cuba said it hoped that the special meeting would not be used as a pretext to promote military action in the country against the territorial sovereignty of the Syrian nation.

UN General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said the assembly has expressed concern about the ongoing violence in Syria and the need to end the killings and human rights  violations.


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