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FACTDROP: Obama, Merkel call for more resolute UN action on Syria


Obama, Merkel call for more resolute UN action on Syria

Πηγή: People's Daily
By Xinhoua
April 12 2012

WASHINGTON, April 11-- U.S. President Barack Obama and GermanChancellor Angela Merkel agreed that the UN Security Council needs to take "moreresolute action" on Syria, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

"On Syria, the President and Chancellor shared the concern that the Assadgovernment was not complying with the terms of the agreement negotiated by KofiAnnan and continued to engage in unacceptable brutality against its own people," saidthe statement.

"They agreed that this underscored the need for the UN Security Council to cometogether to take more resolute action," the statement said.

The two also discussed the Iranian nuclear issue, urging Iran to take advantage of theupcoming nuclear talks with the six world powers in order to address the internationalconcerns about Tehran's disputed nuclear program.

They reiterated their determination to increase the pressure on Iran through sanctionsand other measures if it remained "unresponsive," said the statement.

Obama also looked forward to hosting Merkel for the G8 Summit which is due to beheld at Camp David in Maryland next month, said the statement.

According to the peace plan proposed by UN-Arab League joint special envoy Kofi Annan, the deadline for a ceasefire in Syria is set for Thursday.

Annan said Wednesday that he had been informed by the Syrian government that thecease of all military fighting across Syria will go into effect as of 6 a.m. local time (0300GMT) on Thursday, according to Annan's spokesman Ahamd Fawzi.

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