US: Russian inaction aiding Syrian unrest

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday, May 31, that Russia’s refusal to take decisive action against Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad could lead to a civil war in Syria. Despite numerous conversations with the Russians, they have shown little willingness to abandon Assad in an orderly settlement, Clinton said. They are, in effect, “propping up the regime at a time when we should be working on a political transition,” Clinton said in a press conference in Copenhagen. Both Russia and China have opposed tougher UN Security Council action against Syria. A “catastrophic civil war” in Syria could erupt following the Houla massacre of May 29 which left over a hundred people dead, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon had warned. A Syrian general  claimed the Houla massacre was carried out by “terrorist armed groups” to persuade the outside world Syria was sliding into civil war and was meant to invite intervention by other countries.

Read the complete story in The New York Times.

Additional details are available on BBC News.

Details about the Houla massacre are available also from BBC News.

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