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Syria: U.S. threatens to use force

The United States will invite the Security Council of the UN to adopt a resolution providing for the use of force against Syria if the regime of Bashar al-Assad will not show willingness to resolve the conflict by peaceful means, said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

“If Syria does not make substantial progress (in the implementation of the Annan Plan), the United States and other countries will soon engage against the Syrian regime appropriate actions, including – if necessary – those under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, “Mr. Geithner said at a meeting of” friends of Syria “in Washington on Wednesday.

The chapter entitled “Action with respect to threats against peace, breaches of the peace or act of aggression” authorizes the Security Council to impose sanctions and to determine a use of force to maintain or restore international peace and safety.

The Treasury Secretary also urged the international community not to relax its pressure on Damascus to pursue diplomatic efforts to force the Syrian authorities to implement the Annan Plan.

Last week, President Bashar al-Assad said in a message to Parliament that his government would implement all the means to combat terrorism. He at the same time stressed that Syria was ready to engage in dialogue with all forces that do not call for foreign military intervention.

The President however stressed that the political dialogue has so far failed to rid the country of terrorism.

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