GERMANY, FRANCE, UK TABLE UN RESOLUTION ON SYRIA
Germany, France and the UK have tabled a UN resolution calling for an end to human rights violations in Syria.
The resolution, which also calls for the implementation of an Arab League plan to end the violence, was also backed by four Arab countries.
With the UN Security Council divided on Syria, the resolution has been tabled in a committee of the General Assembly.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Syrian violence was becoming "similar to civil war". He was speaking a day after renegade soldiers were reported to have attacked a key government army base outside Damascus.
With Russia and China having vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning government violence in Syria, European nations are looking for a new route to condemn the Syrian government.
They have turned to a key committee of the General Assembly where there are no vetoes.
Western diplomats hope that a leading Arab role will eventually help overcome opposition in the Security Council, because requests from the region where the conflict is taking place strongly influence the positions of members, our correspondent says.
Germany, France and the UK circulated the draft resolution to the General Assembly's human rights committee and Western diplomats said they hope it will be put to a vote next week. If approved, it is virtually certain to be adopted by the 193-member General Assembly, BBC reports.
- 1823 Death of historian Meekael Chamchyan, in Constantinople. He was born in 1738.
- 1853 Start of the battle of Sinop.
- 1908 Birth of the President of the Armenian Academy of Sciences Victor Hambardzoomyan (astrophysicist). He died in 1996.
- 1931 Death of Hovhannes Khan Masenian. He translated Shakespeare into Armenian.
- 1994 While sentencing historian Bernard Lewis in Paris, the French 17th Sessions Court affirmed that in 1915, the Armenians were victims of a crime against humanity.