US backs UN resolution condemning Syrian crackdown

By the Associated Press | June 8, 2011 | 4:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is joining the effort to put the United Nations on record as condemning Syria's crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

A White House spokeswoman says a U.N. Security Council resolution will bring more pressure on President Bashar Assad's regime to halt what she calls its "brutal repression of the Syrian people."

Britain and France have been working on a resolution as reports of the death toll in the two-month-old uprising top 1,300.

White House spokesman Caitlin Hayden says Syria's leaders must be held accountable for attacking peaceful protesters and rounding up activists and their families.