January 30th, 2012
04:19 AM ET

UN considers resolution amid reports of heavy fighting in Syria

The U.N. Security Council will take up a draft resolution this week that calls on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and transfer power.

The move follows news that the Arab League suspended a mission to monitor whether al-Assad was abiding by an agreement to end a brutal crackdown against anti-government protesters.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Araby arrived Monday in New York where he was scheduled to deliver the monitoring mission's findings to the Security Council the following day.

The news came amid opposition reports of renewed fighting Monday between Syrian forces and the rebel Free Syria Army in suburbs of the capital city of Damascus, where Syria forces have been battling to take back neighborhoods in Saqba and Maleiha.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    The unrest in Syria is an internal struggle for power. If Syria had invaded or declared war on another nation, I could see that as a proper interest of the United Nations. I do not think that it should be the business of the UN whether Bashar al-Assad remains as president or not, and it certainly is not the business of the USA.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. citizen

    Look, people are suffering and dying there.
    It is in the obvious interest of the human race that Syrians have some recourse.
    What better body to appeal to than what amounts to the world court.
    Go U.N. and to heck with China and Russia if all they do is obstruct peace and humanitarian efforts.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

      If one's goal is to eliminate human suffering and dying, especially when humans attempt to overthrow governments, one will never succeed.
      Are you a medical doctor? If so, you can prevent quite a lot of dying.

      January 30, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy ©

    By all means, bring the UN into it.
    The UN is comprised of many nations.
    Keep US Troops out of it, though.
    We have many thing to attend to here at home.

    January 30, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    Un is causing the problems. Don't but into other peoples business. If you do , u should be held responsible for any deaths to people. What the Un do this to the USA?

    January 30, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    The United Nations may comprise many nations, but without the use of SOME kind of power, what can it do?
    Talk is usually about an exchange of energy.
    Faith without works is dead–hey, where did I hear that?

    January 30, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    Does anyone else remember when Bashar Assad was being touted as a reformer? Maybe a bit like how Stalin was portrayed in WWII.

    January 30, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    It seems to me that the Syrian president has been asked to step down many times already, to no avail. But this time it really sounds serious. I mean, we are talking about the UN this time. Who could ever expect to stand up to a powerhouse like them ?

    January 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO ©

    The UN. The most powerful insteatution ever.

    January 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    And all in the UN should be "in" an insti tution.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |