Sunday 24 September 2017

David Blair: West must reassess its approach towards Syria after vetoes

David Blair

The double veto cast by Russia and China in the United Nations Security Council has forced the West to reappraise its approach towards Syria. But there are other ways of turning up the heat on President Bashar al-Assad.

The options are:

• Taking further diplomatic and economic measures: the Western powers and their Arab allies may well turn to the UN General Assembly, urging it to condemn Mr Assad and support the Arab League peace plan, which requires him to hand power to his vice-president.

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