Syria: China, Russia will pay for supporting Assad, Clinton

Regime fall inevitable, urgent UN resolution

06 July, 15:07

(ANSAmed) - PARIS, JULY 6 - China and Russia will pay a price for their support of the Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an international conference called by the Friends of Syria to try and find a solution to the crisis.

''I will tell you very frankly, I don't think Russia and China believe they are paying any price at all, nothing at all, for standing up on behalf of the Assad regime', said Clinton.

''The only way that will change is if every nation represented here directly and urgently makes it clear that Russia and China will pay a price, because they are holding up progress, blocking it. This is no longer tolerable'.

Clinton also described the end of the regime as inevitable and called on the UN Security Council for immediate action against Syria including sanctions. She asked for a resolution of the Security Council imposing immediate consequences for noncompliance, including sanctions under Chapter 7. Clinton said the Security Council should pretend the implementation of the Geneva plan, which was subscribed by Russia and China.

The meeting in Paris today comes less than a week after a conference of foreign ministers in Geneva called for a transitional government body as a measure to end Syria's crisis.

The meeting was attended by Russia and China and had raised hopes that the two countries would change their stance on the regime.

The Secretary of State also noted in her speech that countries should reinforce bilateral sanctions against Syria.



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