Baird condemns Syrian 'massacre' 0
OTTAWA - Canada's foreign affairs minister joined other countries in denouncing bloodshed in Syria this weekend and said the international community needs to reconsider its plan to attack the crisis.
The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting Sunday to unanimously condemn the Syrian government for violent attacks on the town of Houla.
More than 100 people, including 34 children, were killed in the attacks on Friday.
"Reports of a 'massacre' at Houla are very disconcerting because of its depravity," John Baird said in a statement. "The number of children feared dead is especially reflective of the regime's utter contempt for humanity and decency."
Baird has now called on the international community to "redouble its efforts" to get Syria to agree to a peace plan or to explore other diplomatic actions.
Russia, which previously vetoed Security Council resolutions calling for tougher action along with China, said the "tragic" events in Syria deserve condemnation and called for a UN assessment of the violence on the ground.
Western and Arab states opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad blame the deaths on the government.
The Syrian government has denied any involvement in the Houla killings and blame "terrorists."
-with files from Reuters
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