UN Security Council discusses Middle East situation

UN Security Council discusses Middle East situation
# 02 July 2012 22:30 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Monday to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including the 16-month-long crisis in Syria, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"Among those speaking at that meeting was the (UN) high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay," Nesirky said at a daily news briefing. "She was due to speak to reporters at the Security Council stakeout following the consultations."

"On Monday afternoon, the Council was due to meet in closed consultations to discuss Libya and the Middle East," he added.

The Council consultation on Syria came after an action group comprising world powers met on Saturday in Geneva and agreed upon a roadmap that is expected to pave the way for a Syrian-led transition to end the Syrian crisis, which broke out in March 2011.

A joint communique issued after the meeting said that the international community wished to see "an end to violence and human rights abuses" in Syria and the Syrian people enjoying rights to "independently and democratically determine their own future."
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