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German ambassador: UN Security Council should endorse Arab League sanctions against Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ' The Security Council should endorse the Arab League's weekend decision to slap sanctions on Syria for its crackdown on protesters, Germany's ambassador said Monday.
"The decision of the Arab League was a really remarkable if not historic decision," said Ambassador Peter Wittig, whose country is among the 15 council members. "It was a reaction to the brutal crackdown ' and the message of course is clear. If (President Bashar) Assad doesn't heed the call, then there will be biting sanctions.
"I think the council cannot stand idly by regarding what the regional organization has said so strongly: the council should take up that decision and endorse and reinforce it. We are going to deliberate about this in the course of the day."
No formal action regarding Syria was on the Monday agenda for the Security Council, which was holding closed door consultations on Yemen in the morning and hearing a briefing on Libya in the afternoon.
Last month, Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the bloodshed in Syria, arguing that NATO misused a previous U.N. mandate authorizing the use of force in Libya.