March 12th, 2012
04:47 PM ET

Syria dominates U.N. Security Council meeting

The U.N. Security Council focused Monday on the crisis in Syria, with the United States and Britain pushing for quick action on a resolution and Russia warning against a "take-it-or-leave-it" approach.

All sides called for an immediate end to the violence.

"There is a growing understanding of the need not to talk to each other on the basis of take-it-or-leave-it, but bring the positions together and be guided not by the desire of revenge, of punishment, who is to blame and so on and so forth, but by the basic interests of the Syrian people," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters after the Security Council met. "And this requires an immediate end of violence as the number one priority."

Lavrov invoked the specter of Libya, whose government was overthrown last year after U.N. Security Council resolutions authorizing NATO enforcement of a no-fly zone to protect innocent civilians led to widespread bombing of Libyan military forces.

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  1. saywhat

    " Basic interests of the Syrian people". Is that ever a consideration when 'foreign powers' intervene ?

    March 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • High Hopes

      saywhat?

      You choose nothing?

      There really is no middle ground.
      Not this time. We won't repeat a
      Libyan liberation.

      March 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. High Hopes

    All or nothing?

    I'm with Hillary on this issue...

    We choose ALL!

    Take out the military forces, then stick around
    until a new, stable government is in place
    (the Russian has a point... use it).

    March 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. raven

    The handwriting is on the wall. I hope Assad can read.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

      Hi raven.
      If you're sure that the handwriting (or block lettering) is on the wall, I might be in favour of sending in little Daniel, but not USA troops.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lolose

    so tell me...why does wikileaks say Bashar al assad is not to blame hmmmmmmm?

    March 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Lolose

    waw theres alotta comments here saying that syria shouldnt be intervened in ...Maybe we should listen

    March 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    I will continue to stand by my statement. If there is to be an intervention, let it be done by the arab league countries. I won't repeat the rest, because you've allready seen it a hundred times. That's probably not an exaggeration.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. US PatriotJim

    The Russian does have a point,and he is exactly right....Maybe the Russians should take the lead role on this one,they definately have influence in that part of middle east.,

    March 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. US PatriotJim

    The Russian does have a point,and he is exactly right....Maybe the Russians should take the lead role on this one,they definately have influence in that part of middle east.
    We have magor financial woes ,we cant afford to send troops,we sit this one out.Let the Arab nations also intervene and take a role in helping Syria solve its problem.

    March 12, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. kenedy123

    This requires an immediate end of violence as the number one priority.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jim Carry

    Russian never give up Syria, there are thousand russian people leave there for long time .US takes military action against only countries when they know they win easy like Iraq, Libya and etc , syria is out of this list

    March 13, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. chrissy

    @ dazzle, ALL humanitarians have a business getting involved. We should not help countries on the basis of *whats in it for us!* People are suffering and we have an obligation to help them. Not a full scale war, but take out that nutcase same as OBL.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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