Global leaders meet in Paris to discuss further action against Syria

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for stronger action by the UN Security Council, including an arms embargo. Clinton did not suggest that military intervention by the United States was warranted at this point.

However, at a meeting of more than 15 nations in Paris, attendees placed on the table possible intervention by NATO forces if Syria continues to attack opposition groups or demonstrates a continued refusal to abide by c0alls for a cease-fire.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that a preliminary agreement had been reached between the UN and the government of Bashar al-Assad to allow access to international monitors. But, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon took an opportunity to chastise Assad for his refusal to order his forces to cease violent attacks.

“Despite the government’s agreement to cease all violence, we still see deeply troubling evidence that it continues,” Ban said at a news conference in New York.

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