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White House calls for UN action on Syria

The United States has condemned Syria’s continued violence against anti-government protesters, saying it is “past time” for the U.N. Security Council to act against the bloody crackdown, Voice of America said. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that Washington is working with its international partners to increase pressure on Syria to stop what he called the country’s “completely unacceptable violence” against its own citizens. Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. does not believe the Syrian government has fulfilled the terms of an Arab-backed peace deal it accepted some nine weeks ago. Syrian opposition activists have sharply criticized the observer mission, saying it allows President Bashar al-Assad to continue the crackdown.

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