(ANSAmed) - NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 12 - Almost 70,000 people
have been killed in the Syrian civil war so far, UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the UN Security
Council on Tuesday.
''The last time I spoke before you, 60,000 people had been
killed. Today that number has grown to almost 70,000,'' said
Pillay, laying the blame for this ''disastrous result'' on the
lack of unity and resolve in acting to stop the conflict, in
which civilians are paying a disproportionate price.
The commissioner called on the Security Council to
immediately ''defer Syria to the International Criminal Court
(ICC)'' in The Hague for war crimes prosecution.
Also on Tuesday, EU sources said the UN/Arab League Special
Envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, will meet with European
foreign ministers in Brussels next Monday, when the ministers
will debate whether or not to extend the sanctions against
Syria, which expire on February 28. (ANSAmed).