Syria sanctions talks ‘legitimate’: Carr

Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr says Syria’s failure to enact the Kofi Annan peace plan means the United Nations Security Council may legitimately begin discussing sanctions.

Having expelled top Syrian diplomats from Australia on Friday, Senator Carr said the most appropriate course of action for Australia to pursue was working through the UN Security Council to gain unanimity on the next course of action.

“Which could well include sanctions, given the failure of the Assad government to accept the six points of the Kofi Annan peace plan,” he told ABC radio in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The list included the implementation of a ceasefire, political dialogue with the Syrian opposition and the withdrawal of heavy artillery and tanks from populated areas laid out in the plan.

“Given that, it is legitimate for our people to start discussing sanctions and that’s something that was endorsed by the very important meeting of the Arab League in Doha over the weekend,” Senator Carr said.

Source: The Age

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