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U.S., France, Britain Urge Security Council Action On Syria


24 October 2005 -- The United States, Great Britain, and France are calling on the Security Council to take action tomorrow when it meets to discuss a UN report implicating Syria in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.


The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, today demanded immediate cooperation from Syria with a UN probe into the killing.


His comments were echoed by French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy. But he said Paris won't consider sanctions on Syria until the inquiry is completed in December.


British Prime Minister Tony Blair also called for a "very serious response" to the report, issued last week.


Meanwhile, thousands of Syrians today took part in state-organized rallies in support of the regime, which denies involvement in the February assassination.


(AFP/Reuters)

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