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26 September 2007

Switzerland's president told world leaders Wednesday that the Myanmar government's crackdown on protesters was larming and Lithuania's leader urged the international community to fulfill its pledge to respond quickly to protect civilians from massive human rights violations.

The U.N. Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting for Wednesday afternoon to discuss the crisis in Myanmar. The 15 council nations will be briefed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy on Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, at the closed-door session.

() The European Union and the United States also issued a statement condemning the attacks on the demonstrators and called on Myanmar's military rulers to stop the violence.

In a joint statement issued after a meeting of EU and U.S. foreign ministers on the sidelines of the General Assembly, the officials urged the U.N. Security Council to iscuss this situation urgently and consider further steps including sanctions.r
Lithuanian President Valdes Adamkus did not mention Myanmar by name in his speech to the General Assembly, but said the international community must act to turn their commitment to protect civilians against mass attacks and violence into real action.

e have been too slow to respond to massive violations of human rights and mass atrocities, he said. he principle of responsibility to protect can no longer be confined to paper. ()

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