Friday, August 3, 2012

UN General Assembly Denounces Syrian Crackdown

The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly denounced Syria’s crackdown today. Before the vote, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reminded the Assembly of the fresh violence in the city of Aleppo and drew comparisons between the failure to act in Syria with the international community's failure to protect people from past genocide in Srebrenica and Rwanda.

“The conflict in Syria is a test of everything this organization stands for,” Ban said. “I do not want today's United Nations to fail that test.”

The General Assembly vote was 133-12, with 31 abstaining.

The resolution also expressed frustration at Security Council’s failure to act. Russia and China by using their veto powers have stopped Security Council to take any action on Syria. Both voted "no" Friday. Iran also was among the 12 countries that voted “no.”

Iran's deputy ambassador Eshagh Alehabib called the resolution "one-sided." In response, the British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said the resolution was not meant to be balanced. The intent, he said, was to issue an unequivocal condemnation of the Syrian regime.

Source: Associated Press, 3 August 2012


Anonymous said...

it must be because all the Arab states and the entire General Assembly are controlled by Zionists or something and refuse to recognize that killing unarmed civilians, and raping men, women and boys in prison is perfectly OK if it's approved by Khamenei

Anonymous said...

Something is wrong when Bahrain and Saudi Arabia sponsor a resolution like this.

Anonymous said...

I think the question is how one sided it was?

does it condemn or even acknowledge outside influence as a contributory factor to the current crisis?

I think China and Russia do not want to see another Libya where UN is used as a legal institution to spring board an attack on another nation.