INTERNATIONAL NEWS
July 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM
  Follow @ Twitter

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday called for a ceasefire in Syria to let UN observers enter a village where more than 150 people were reportedly killed.

"We call for an immediate ceasefire in and around Hama to allow the UN observer mission to enter Treimsa. Those who committed these atrocities will be identified and held accountable," Clinton said in a statement.

Syrian activists say more than 150 people -- including dozens of rebels -- were killed in Treimsa on Thursday. Clinton said in a statement that more than 200 were killed.

She said reports of the use of artillery, tanks, and helicopters were "indisputable evidence that the regime deliberately murdered innocent civilians."

"As long as the Assad regime continues to wage war against the Syrian people, the international community must keep increasing the pressure on the regime to halt the violence and allow for a political solution to go forward," Clinton added.

The US secretary of state also stepped up demands for the deadlocked UN Security Council to pass a resolution ordering sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad's government if he does not carry out the peace plan of international envoy Kofi Annan.

Russia, Syria's main international ally, has rejected calls for sanctions.

"The Security Council should put its full weight behind the Annan plan for an immediate ceasefire and a political transition and make clear to the Syrian regime that there will be consequences for non-compliance," Clinton said.

"History will judge this council. Its members must ask themselves whether continuing to allow the Assad regime to commit unspeakable violence against its own people is the legacy they want to leave," she said.

AFP
 

YOU'RE MINE


PREVIOUS STORY
Missing PNG helicopter found, 3 crew dead
NEXT STORY
Fabio is fifth hurricane of Pacific season

Bookmark and Share
   




FIJI NEWS
Month end deadline for aspiring FLP candidatesAspiring politicians interested in contesting the upcoming general election under the Fiji Labour Party banner have until the end of this month to apply for candidacy.
BUSINESS
Sigatoka resort to close for renovationYatule Beach Resort along the Coral Coast will be closed from next week for renovations as its management seeks to increase the resort's profitability.
SPORTS
Ryan confident of a good outing in last legVodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan is confident his team can deliver the best of results for the final two tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow and London.
HEALTH/FITNESS
Clean-up day to curb dengue outbreakFiji's Ministry of Health has declared a clean-up day next Thursday for residents in the central division as it ups the tempo against a dengue fever outbreak currently experienced in the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
Kiesza scores UK number 1 with HideawayCalgary-born 25-year-old Kiesza has her first UK number 1 single with Hideaway.
NEWS SPORTS INFOTAINMENT SERVICES MOBILE EXTRA HOT TOPICS