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Syria's FM Meets with U.N. Chief

Syria's foreign minister, Walid al-Moualem, met with the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, as reports surfaced that the Syrian town of Rastan was stormed by government forces with tanks. The forces were attacking soldiers who had defected from the military. Moualem met with Ki-moon on Tuesday, one day after he addressed the U.N. General Assembly and demanded that that foreign powers stop interfering in Syria. Hundreds of the country's soldiers have defected from the military in the past several months. According to diplomats, Britain, France, Germany and Portugal plans to offer a draft U.N. resolution condemning Syria and calling for immediate sanctions against Damascus. The resolution is designed to break a Security Council deadlock on sanctions against the country run by Bashar al-Assad. Russia, China, Brazil and India, as well as South Africa, all veto-wielding council members, have opposed the push for sanctions by Europe and the U.S. According to human-rights organizers, more than 2,700 people have been killed in Syria since protests against the Assad family's 41-year rule broke out in March. By: Nadia Idriss Mayen Al Arabiya with Agencies

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