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