"In its first substantive action on the uprising in Syria, the UN security council has condemned human rights violations and use of force against civilians by Syrian authorities.
Prompted by an intensification of the three-month-old bloody crackdown against anti-government protests, the statement was agreed after three days of hard bargaining. It 'condemns widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities'. Syria's neighbour Lebanon has dissociated itself from the text."
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 4 August 2011