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Oct 30, 2013 4:58 PM by AP

UN resolution would condemn Syria rights abuses

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A draft U.N. resolution initiated by Saudi Arabia would strongly condemn widespread "gross violations of human rights" by the Syrian government and "any" abuses by anti-government armed groups.

Saudi Arabia, which backs rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad, has strongly criticized the Security Council's failure to resolve Syria's civil war and other conflicts, citing this as one reason for rejecting a seat on the council earlier this month.

U.N. diplomats said the draft resolution, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, is expected to be submitted to the General Assembly's human rights committee by Friday's deadline. The committee is expected to vote on it in late November.

The draft strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and points a finger at the government for an Aug. 21 attack.


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