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Sunday, 11 March 2012 - 19:47
World powers set for Syria clash at UN
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The world powers are on course for a new diplomatic clash over Syria when foreign ministers from the main UN Security Council nations meet tomorrow.

What was intended by the British organizers of the event to be a review of the Arab Spring uprisings will be overshadowed by the divide over how to stop President Bashar al-Assad's deadly assault on opponents.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov of Russia, William Hague of Britain, Alain Juppe of France and Guido Westerwelle of Germany will be among top officials at the event.

The council's failure to agree a resolution condemning the Syria violence, the worsening toll in Syria -- well over 7,500 according to the UN -- and Assad's refusal to allow humanitarian groups into the protest cities have all cast a dark cloud over preparations for Monday's meeting.

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