Iran: U.S, France, UK fail ratifying declaration against Syria
Iranian permanent representative to the UN Mohammad Khazaei said UN Security Council permanent members' - Russia and China's - opposing a declaration against Syria at a Wednesday meeting demonstrated a failure for the U.S., France and U.K.'s attempts to ratify the document, IRNA reported.
Some UN Security Council members on Wednesday denounced and condemned Syria's military crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, resulting in what a UN official said was up to 400 people killed to date, dpa reported.
In the open debate session, the United States and European members in the 15-nation council including France, Germany and Britain said measures under discussion to try to stop the killing in Syria include sanctions targeted at Syrian leaders.
France's Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said in Paris Wednesday that Paris supports an unambiguous condemnation of Syria and the possibility of sanctions to impose by the EU.
But the envoys from Russia and China said the situation in Syria cannot be considered a threat to international peace and security and therefore not worthy of considerations of measures like sanctions.
Khazai urged that a statement by Susan Rice, U.S.permanent representative to the UN , charging Iran of helping Syria to break down the demonstrators is groundless. "Based on its foreign policy Iran never interferes in other countries' internal affairs," he stressed.