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Western diplomats said the agreement on a statement voicing the "gravest concern at the deteriorating situation in Syria" should be a wake-up call for Assad, who has counted on support from his ally Russia to fend off international criticism of his year-long attempt to crush anti-government protests.

The statement threatens Syria with "further steps" if it fails to comply with Annan’s six-point peace proposal, which calls for a cease-fire, political dialogue between government and opposition, and full access for aid agencies.

The U.S.-European push for a council statement backing Annan’s mission came after Russia and China twice vetoed resolutions condemning Assad’s assault on demonstrators, which the United Nations says has killed well over 8,000 civilians.

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