Germany calls on Russia to use U.N. for Syrian reaction

BERLIN Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:32am EDT

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Thursday to use the United Nations Security Council to get a quick, international reaction to Syria's conflict, her spokesman said in a statement.

"The chancellor called on the Russian president to use negotiations in the U.N. Security Council for a quick, unanimous international reaction," the statement said, adding that both leaders agreed the conflict can be solved politically.

Less than four weeks before an election in which Merkel hopes to win a third term, she faces a balancing act in how to respond to a chemical weapons attack in Syria, as German voters overwhelmingly oppose military action there.

Moscow, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is seen as certain to veto any call for intervention in the U.N. Security Council.

(Reporting by Annika Breidthardt and Sarah Marsh)

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quatra wrote:
Russia should stay away from this conflict in view of their blatant disregard of human principles. They don’t have voice or vote on the matter. China? Simply mongols in their best Genghish Khan mode. Ignore.

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