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Syria: Increasing Convergence of Views (Washington)

The United States notes in recent days a gradual convergence between the positions of members of the Security Council of the UN on Syria, said the spokesman of  U.S. State Department, Victoria Nuland.

“We discuss (a possible resolution on Syria) with the Russians for several days and have recently held consultations in New York (UN HQ). We see a reconciliation increasingly evident at positions within the security Council, but much remains to be done, “said the diplomat.

He added that the parties had reached “unanimously on concrete steps to be undertaken”.

“I think it also relates to the efforts of the Special Representative (UN and Arab League, ed) for Syria, Kofi Annan,” continued Ms. Nuland.

According to the spokesman for American diplomacy, the United States are seeing a “trend” positive of the Russian position on Syria.

Moscow has already blocked two Security Council resolutions at the UN condemning the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad. Last week, the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was critical of President Bashar al-Assad of “significant delays” in implementing reforms aimed at ending the conflict.

Since mid-March 2011, Syria has been rocked by a powerful protest movement against the regime. According to the UN, the suppression of the revolt would have already killed more than 8,000 dead. In addition, more than 2,000 police and Syrian military were killed by insurgents. Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH) speaks of 9,000 deaths in one year.

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