October 5, 2011

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The United States expressed “outrage” at the UN Security Council’s failure Tuesday to pass a resolution on Syria and its ambassador walked out of the chamber in protest at a speech by Syria’s envoy.

US ambassador Susan Rice demanded “tough, targeted sanctions” by the international community against President Bashar al-Assad for his deadly crackdown on opponents.

Rice led a US walkout from the council chamber as Syria’s ambassador launched a tirade against Western countries in a speech to the 15-member body. Britain’s ambassador Mark Lyall Grant also walked out in protest.

“The United States is outraged that this council has utterly failed to address an urgent moral challenge and a growing threat to regional peace and security,” said Rice after Russia and China vetoed a resolution that threatened possible measures against Syria.

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