Government sets up committees, UN asked to condemn crackdown


The New York based organisation Crisis Action has gathered the support of 220 civil society bodies from across the Middle east and North Africa (MENA) to send a petition to the UN Security Council. They want the 25 member body to condemn the ‘unacceptable’ crackdown on protesters.

At the same time, Britain, France, Germany and Portugal have asked the Security Council to condemn Syria’s crackdown. Russia, which has a Mediterranean naval base in Latakia, Syria, and China are certain to veto any such resolution.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Cabinet met on Tuesday and agreed to reduce the price of a litre of diesel from SYP20 to SYP 15.

According to the Syrian news agency SANA, the Cabinet, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Adel Safar, agreed to set up two new committees. A media development committee with the remit to produce a new media law within two months giving greater media freedoms. Also a development and economic reform committee with the remit to report back in two months with administrative reforms.

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