March 12 - While the U.S. and other Western nations condemn the violence in Syria, Russia warns against finger-pointing. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Amateur video out of Syria shows smoke rising from a building in Homs, where dozens of civilians reportedly died Monday. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters, comes as the international community continues to call for an end to the bloodshed. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON, SAYING: "The United States for one is very clear. There must be a cessation of violence by the Syrian regime first and foremost. Then we can move toward asking others who will no longer need to defend themselves because we will be in a political process to end their own counter-violence." Russia and China have twice vetoed U.N. Security Council resolutions condemning the Syrian government's attacks on its own citizens. Moscow on Monday voiced its quote "grave concern" at the escalating violence Syria. But speaking to reporters after the Security Council meeting, Sergei Lavrov warned against pointing fingers at the Syrian government. SOUNDBITE) (English) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV SAYING: "There is a growing understanding of the need not to talk to each other on the basis of take-it-or-leave-it, but to bring the positions together and to be guided not by the desire of revenge, of punishment, who is to blame and so on and so forth, but by the basic interests of the Syrian people and this requires immediate end of violence as the number one priority." Washington and Paris have said that a third draft Security Council resolution urging an end to the violence in Syria and access for humanitarian aid agencies is unlikely to be adopted because of opposition from Moscow and Beijing. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.