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UN Security Council must act after Syria massacre: France

PARIS: France said Friday that the UN Security Council must assume its responsibilities and pass a resolution backed by the threat of sanctions after the reported massacre in the Syrian village of Treimsa.

"Stiffened resolve must now be shown with the threat of sanctions from the Security Council. The time has come for everyone to assume their responsibilities," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told journalists.

France, he said, was assuming its responsibilities, indirectly criticising veto-wielding Security Council permanent members Russia and China who are reluctant to support a resolution under Chapter 7 backed by sanctions.

The call came after reports that more than 150 people had been massacred by pro-government forces in the central Syrian village of Treimsa, using armoured vehicles, artillery and helicopter gunships.

"This tragedy shows how much the first step towards a cessation of violence must be taken by the Syrian government," Valero said.

Reports of the massacre came after U.N. Security Council ambassadors held their first talks on rival Russian and Western draft resolutions on Syria.

Moscow is continuing to reject calls for sanctions against President Bashar Assad's regime.





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