Ban-Ki Moon's tone in addressing the Annan regime may be as stern as it is in order to allay fears that the UN resolution is not strong enough a tool, having been drafted by the ally of Syria Russia as well as European powers. The resolution does not include a trigger for sanctions. The US ambassador is threatening sanctions and continues to characterize the Syrian government as the aggressor. The Syrian government maintains its right to keep order but says that it is complying with the terms of the resolution and even welcomes the role of the UN. The rebels are now calling for outside assistance and have staged rallies to continue their insistence that Assad be removed from power. It is now the US that is threatening to veto at the UN, after the 90 day period of the current resolution.