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UN General Assembly adopts non-binding Syria resolution

Friday, February 17, 2012

Laaska News  Feb. 17, 2012

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The 193-nation UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved the Egypt-submitted draft resolution on Syria. 137 voted in favor of the document, with 12 – among them Russia and China – voting against. Another 17 states abstained.
Russia voted against the resolution because its amendments were overlooked.

In particular, this country proposed that the document call on the opposition in Syria to distance itself from armed groups resorting to violence, stop attacks on government buildings.

Russia and China have previously twice blocked the adoption of a resolution against the government of Syria at the UN Security Council.

Western and Arab countries, that initiated pressure on Syria, submitted the draft resolution to the General Assembly, however its decisions are not binding.





Russia will not support new draft resolution on Syria

Russia will not support the UN-submitted draft resolution on Syria, said Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov. He called the document “still unbalanced.” All the  requirements it contains are addressed to the government, with nothing pertaining to the opposition.

According to Gatilov, this project closely replicates the one earlier blocked by Russia and China in the UN Security Council.

The deputy minister also said that Russia does not intend to persuade Syrian President Bashar Assad to accept the Arab League’s proposal on sending a joint LAS and UN peacekeeping force to Damascus.

Russia opposes any regime change, or removal of President Assad. In addition, Moscow insists on recognizing the role of the opposition in the current violence.



Laaska News.