Syria: 70,000 dead, UNHCHR Pillay tells Security Council

Pillay calls for taking Syria to the ICC; Brahimi to meet EU FMs

12 February, 19:28

(ANSAmed) - NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 12 - Almost 70,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war so far, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the UN Security Council on Tuesday. ''The last time I spoke before you, 60,000 people had been killed. Today that number has grown to almost 70,000,'' said Pillay, laying the blame for this ''disastrous result'' on the lack of unity and resolve in acting to stop the conflict, in which civilians are paying a disproportionate price.

The commissioner called on the Security Council to immediately ''defer Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC)'' in The Hague for war crimes prosecution.

Also on Tuesday, EU sources said the UN/Arab League Special Envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, will meet with European foreign ministers in Brussels next Monday, when the ministers will debate whether or not to extend the sanctions against Syria, which expire on February 28. (ANSAmed).