Carr asks Russia to back UN on Syria - Sydney Morning Herald
Foreign Minister Bob Carr has again appealed to Russia to support action by the United Nations Security Council against Syria, saying there must be regime change in Damascus.
Senator Carr's appeal followed reports of a deadly attack last Thursday on the Syrian village of Treimsa, where it's believed more than 150 people were slaughtered.
There are accusations the attack was carried out by the army, backed by a militia loyal to President Assad's regime.
A UN statement said there were signs of the use of heavy weapons, with homes burnt to the ground.
Senator Carr, who is in Indonesia, expressed fears on Sunday about the possibility of further massacres of civilians unless Russia supported UN resolutions that enable a concerted agreement on international sanctions.
"President Assad must go, and the way of getting rid of him is for Russia to exert its influence in Damascus and for Russia to vote in favour of comprehensive sanctions in the UN Security Council," the foreign minister said.
"The tragedy is you're looking at an escalation in massacres and that's why I appeal again to Russia."
Senator Carr said there needed to be a ceasefire to allow negotiations between the Assad regime and all elements of the opposition in Syria.
"Russia is going to be trapped into defending a regime that is allowing massacre after massacre unless it breaks with Assad now and allows the transition to an interim governing council," he said.
"We make a plea to the better instincts of the Russian government, for Russia to fulfil a global role, a humanitarian global role, for Russia to act as the massacres accumulate.
"Russian action is indispensable."
Senator Carr said a ceasefire was vital to confirm reports about what was happening on the ground in Syria.
"With a ceasefire you can speak to the people who witnessed the massacre, with a ceasefire you can have international organisations , pre-eminently the UN - go in there and assess what happened.
"With a ceasefire you can have the International Criminal Court begin collecting evidentiary statements." AAP