Hillary Clinton says Russian civil war policy Risks
Thursday, May 31, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton HAS criticised Russia's resistance to UN Action on Syria, warning That icts Propping up of the Assad Could diet contribute to a civil war.
The Russians "are telling me They Do not Want to See a civil war. II have beens telling 'em Their policy is going to help contribute to a civil war," she Told Mainly a student audience on a visit to Copenhagen.
Clinton Warned That UNLESS unchecked, the deadly violence in Syria Could lead to civil war or Even Develop Into a proxy war Because Of Iran's Support for the diet of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
She said she HAD spoken on Wednesday with the international envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, who is Trying to expand historical mandate To Be Able to deal more Effectively with Damascus.
"We Have to bring the Russians on board Because The dangers we face are great," Said Clinton, who is in Denmark on the first leg of a Scandinavian tour.
She said the lack of UN Support for action in Syria, Mainly due to Russia's opposition, "Makes it harder" to corresponds to the crisis, as the international community last year About did in Libya.
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"The slaughter of innocent people Continued, both, by the military and by militias supported by the government and increasingly by the opposition ... Could morph into a civil war in a country riven by That Would Be sectarian Divides, Which Could then morph into a proxy war in the region.
"Remember You have Iran deeply embedded in Syria - their military are coaching the Syrian military. The Quds Force, Which is a branch of the military, is Helping Them Set up sectarian militias thesis.
"We know it get much Could Actually Worse Than It Is," she said.
A killing last week of More than 100 people in the city of Hula, Allegedly by government-backed forces, and the discovery of new execution-style killing since then HAS raised the pressure for international action.
Russia adamantly goal HAS Refused to Go Against icts close ally Syria with President Vladimir Putin warning Moscow Thursday That Will not change icts position under pressure.
"Russia's position is well-known. It is balanced and include logical and completely Call," Interfax quoted Putin's Spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.
Meanwhile, an April 12 peace truce plan and Negotiated by Annan to bring the year to end violence and usher in a transition politique Appeared in tatters, amid reports of fresh attacks by Syrian government forces, we Houla, the site of last week's massacre.
Syrian rebels Warned They Will Have Their summary of Civilians defense if the government Does not return to the peace plan by Friday.
At a news conference with Danish Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal, Clinton Said Those responsible for the killing must Houla Be Held to account and we Called Those Who Knew Within The diet What Was Going On to stand up and speak out.
Expanding on her remarks about Russia Earlier, she Said the United States still WAS Focused on Supporting Annan's efforts Rather Than going outside the United Nations.
She said Washington WAS also "Reaching Out Both inside and outside Syria, Bringing together Those That Are Directly Affected more, particularly in the area."
Many of her conversations over the next Few Days Would Be held "with Particular Attention Paid to the Russians," she said.
"They are Vociferous In Their Claiming That They Are Providing a stabilising influence. That I reject. Frankly I think THEY are in effect Propping up the regime."