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Outrage Builds Against Russia, China For UN Veto Of Syria Resolution

A picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sprayed with red paint lies on the ground next to a Russian flag about to be set on fire by protesters during a demonstration outside the Russian Embassy in Beirut on February 5.
A picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sprayed with red paint lies on the ground next to a Russian flag about to be set on fire by protesters during a demonstration outside the Russian Embassy in Beirut on February 5.

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Russia, China Veto UN Syria Resolution

Russia and China have vetoed a UN resolution backing an Arab peace plan calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
Arab countries and Muslim organizations are reacting angrily to a veto by Russia and China of a UN Security Council draft resolution based on an Arab League plan to end the violence in Syria.

Western governments also issued highly critical remarks about Moscow's veto, suggesting Russia is more interested in protecting a naval base it leases from Syria and lucrative weapons contracts with President Bashar al-Assad's government than preventing the killing of thousands of people.

Russia has repeatedly referred to the draft UN resolution as being written by Western powers. In fact, it was drafted by Arab League countries and submitted to the Security Council by Morocco -- with Western backing -- after Arab League monitors witnessed Syrian Army snipers killing unarmed antiregime protesters.

The Arab League's plan called for Assad to step down and be replaced by his deputy until elections can be held. Russia said it put too much blame on Assad's regime for the deaths in Syria.

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby said on February 5 that Arab states will not stop trying to resolve the Syrian crisis. He said the Russian and Chinese veto "does not negate that there is clear international support for the resolutions of the Arab League."

'Complete Condemnation'

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov wrote in a Twitter message on February 5 that "the authors of the draft Syria resolution, unfortunately, did not want to undertake an extra effort and come to a consensus."

The Arab League reacted to the Russian and Chinese veto by calling on the Syrian government to heed the demands of the Syrian people. The Arab League stressed that its plan -- contrary to claims from Moscow -- would not allow international military strikes against Syria and that it sought to avoid any foreign military intervention.

A picture posted on February 4 by the Syrian opposition allegedly shows victims killed in the shelling of a residential district of Homs on February 3.A picture posted on February 4 by the Syrian opposition allegedly shows victims killed in the shelling of a residential district of Homs on February 3.
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A picture posted on February 4 by the Syrian opposition allegedly shows victims killed in the shelling of a residential district of Homs on February 3.
A picture posted on February 4 by the Syrian opposition allegedly shows victims killed in the shelling of a residential district of Homs on February 3.
At an international security conference in Munich on February 5, Yemeni Nobel peace laureate Tawakkul Karman declared his "complete condemnation" of Assad's regime. Karman called on all Arab countries to immediately eject Syrian diplomats to show their opposition to the regime's ongoing crackdown against pro-democracy activists.

Tunisia, which has cut off its diplomatic ties with Damascus, called on Arab governments around the world to follow its lead.

The Islamist leader of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood called on Muslims and Arabs around the world to boycott Russian and Chinese goods. Hammam Said described the Russian and Chinese veto as an attack "against all Arabs and Muslims" -- accusing both countries of "taking part in the killing of Syrian people."

Embassies Stormed

In Libya, crowds of exiled Syrians chanted anti-Russian slogans and stormed Moscow's Tripoli embassy, replacing the Russian flag there with the new Syrian flag.

Seven Syrian embassies from London to Australia also were stormed during the weekend by demonstrators angry about deadly government attacks in the Syrian city of Homs. In Cairo, demonstrators torched the Syrian Embassy.

Syria's opposition has appealed for international backing, but beleaguered fighters in Homs said the UN vote shows the only way they can protect themselves is through a full-scale civil war.
A handout picture released by Local Coordination Committees in Syria shows protesters burning tires and waving independence flags during an antigovernment demonstration in a Damascus suburb on February 4.
A handout picture released by Local Coordination Committees in Syria shows protesters burning tires and waving independence flags during an antigovernment demonstration in a Damascus suburb on February 4.
U.S. President Barack Obama accused Assad's government of "relentless brutality." Speaking on a visit to Bulgaria on February 5, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the Russian and Chinese veto as a "travesty."

The U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, said she was "disgusted" by the veto and accused Russia and China of selling out the Syrian people.

"The international community must protect the Syrian people from this abhorrent brutality," Rice said. "But a couple members of this council remain steadfast in their willingness to sell out the Syrian people and shield a craven tyrant."

Russia Blames West

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, speaking on February 5 at an international security conference in Munich, said Assad "has no future."

"We call on him to make the way free for peaceful change. And it is necessary that this is conveyed as a clear message by the whole of the international community," Westerwelle said.

"We will also talk with the Russian government again this week and we will see if the trip to Damascus by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, which has been announced for this week, will lead to a further understanding of the situation on the Russian side and perhaps allow movement," Westerwelle continued. "In any case, everything must be done."
A handout picture obtained from Syrian opposition activists in Homs shows mourners gathered around coffins and bodies during a mass funeral in the city of Homs on February 4.
A handout picture obtained from Syrian opposition activists in Homs shows mourners gathered around coffins and bodies during a mass funeral in the city of Homs on February 4.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said the Russian and Chinese veto had "paralyzed" the international community.

But Russia's UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, blamed Western powers for undermining any chance for reconciliation between Assad's government and the opposition.

"The decision of the Security Council should not be won because some influential members of the international community, including those sitting around this table, from the beginning of the Syrian process have been undermining the opportunity for political settlement, calling for a regime change, pushing the opposition towards power, and not stopping provocation and feeding armed methods of struggle," Churkin said.

Lavrov and Russia's foreign intelligence chief, Mikhail Fradkov, are due to meet Assad in Damascus on February 7. Syria's opposition already has rejected any negotiations with Assad's regime through Russian mediation, saying Assad must first go.

Compiled from agency reports
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by: Le Ruscino from: Monaco
February 05, 2012 08:59
The UN is disgraced since Libya and you have a disintegrated (c) 10% of hyped up Syrians with no leadership or even a name never mind a cohesive cause on the streets to kill thinking NATO are comming to carry out regime change for them!

We know and can prove that the UN tells lies so 5,400 dead is very suspect plus who killed who? Plus we know since the 30,000+ dead civilians in Libya that UN does not really care for people.

Thank God for Russia and China to hold up for the rights of the vast majority of Syrian people only wish they had done the same for Libya!
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by: Ben Gregg from: washington
February 05, 2012 15:48
Uuh...Russia and China to not believe in God so thank the communists for Russia and China.
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by: Chechen
February 05, 2012 18:48
Soon le ruskies will be left alone against their own nightmare.

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
February 05, 2012 11:58
For Putin, we're having some questions about his priorities and strange visions of the political situation...
First, he recognizes the Abkhaz-banal murderers of women and children and marauding -racists who do not recognize private property.

Recognizes Kokoity racketeer-gangster and Ossetians who burnt and looted the Georgian villages.

Putin leads a friendship with a terrorist Ortega and scumbag Chavez..

And now he tells to fool Churkin to veto a resolution on the killings and lawlessness which creates idiot Assad..

What's happening to you Uncle Volodya? You keep maniacs-perverts whose home is a prison or a scaffold..

I explain to a particularly stupid people-

Features of the nature of a country boy do not give a poor devil take himself in hand and act appropriately...

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 05, 2012 16:19
These gringo-stooges can get outraged as much as they want. Their outrage is understandable: there is not a damn thing these loosers agringados can do now. Just the same way as when Misha Saakashvili - hoping that the gringos would help him - attacked S. Osetia in 2008, he got what he was looking for. Now that all these pro-US Arab dictators - Qatar, Saudi Arabia etc - started all this "process" in Syria, they will not achieve more than what Misha achieved in 2008. And the only reason for this consists in that the gringos are good for nothing other than talking, losing the war in Afghanistan, getting their friends (such as Mubarak) kicked out of office and going bankrupt. Anyone who thinks that the gringos will help him will have the same pleasant experience as Misha in 2008.
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
February 06, 2012 03:28
"Misha Saakashvili - hoping that the gringos would help him - attacked S. Osetia in 2008..."
---------by: Eugenio from: Vienna

Тhe so-called South Ossetia, nothing but the Georgian province of Samachablo and the action of Saakashvili- is an operation to restore constitutional order in Georgia carried by him against bandits -racketeers who lived through the production of counterfeit vodka, banditry and arms trafficking to other criminal gangs.

Confirmation of bandit nature of the Ossetians separatists evidence of looting, arson, theft and robbery but not building up (what they have shown just as in 2008..)
stealing Putin's money and the struggle for access to this money...

"Disinterested" assistant FSB Eugenio (hope that is not Onegin..) surf Radio Liberty--an à la style propagandist of communism on the instructions of the KGB, this time voicing Putin's vision of political events..
Let's lie on, without your lies will be bored....

by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
February 05, 2012 18:22
Tragic situation. I know nothing about Syria, but the situation is portrayed in the Western press (and RFE) as sort of a morality tale between the dictator and the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people. No doubt it is much more complex, but I can’t help but wonder if new technologies aren’t encouraging people around the world to fight for the revolutionary premise that a state’s power ought to be derived from the consent of the governed. Probably naïve on my part, but this might explain why leaders in Russia and China want to prevent this dangerous thought from spreading any further.

by: American Troll
February 05, 2012 19:54
After a decade of Iraq and Afghanistan, it seemed like the days of good Yankee press in the Arab-Islamic world were gone forever. But we never counted on the five-foot miracle-worker in the Kremlin. A grateful America thanks you, Pooty.

by: Jack from: US
February 05, 2012 22:49
US politicians are bought off by Saudis, and they will do anything to install Saudi-sponsored Wahhabi Sunni terrorists, even as Wahhabis kill US soldiers in Afghanistan. But, as is well known, $100M of Saudi petro-dollars in a pocket of John McCain are more important than the lives of thousands oUS soldiers in Afghanistan

by: Jack from: US
February 05, 2012 23:08
honest people can just sit and watch how NATO digs another hole for itself and for EU. They now have: 1. Kosovo 2. Bosnia 3. Lybia 4. Egypt 5.Pakistan 6.Iraq 7.Afghanistan, 8."republic of Georgia". Syria might as well be added to the list after Assad goes. To bankroll and police so many "democracies" will break the back of struggling US and bankrupt EU economies.

by: Sergey from: Chicago, USA
February 06, 2012 00:48
As much as I dislike Putin regime, in case of Syria it's a relatively reasonable stance. Liberal Western elites have either no idea whom they support against Assad regime, or they are simply pushing their democracy thing in the Islamic world without thinking of consequences. Just look at the Middle East/N Africa region where "Arab Spring" revolutions took place ? Egypt, Lybia and Tunisia are all being taken over by Islamists, Specifically, they are being taken over by Muslim Brotherhood affiliated parties who like to play "moderate" to the Western elites while pushing the ruthless Islamist agenda on the citizenry step by step or more open Islamists, like Salafist Al-Nur Party in Egypt that demand Sharia law right away.

Who can guarantee that after the fall of Asad regime, the same fate won't be shared by Syria and instead of devil we do know we get devil we don't know ? I have no sympathy to Assad regime for his sponsorship of Hamas and Hezbollah Islamic terrorist murderers. However, there is ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE, that the opposition will be better than Assad. What's likely that it could be much worse. I heard that Al-Qaida has dispatched its infiltrators to Syria and its likely that Islamists will take over Syria once Assad falls and the Western elites will be telling themselves and the rest of the world about the "Victory of Democracy over Tyranny".

by: Joni Simonishvili from: Tbilisi
February 06, 2012 12:21
Thank God for Russia and China, doing the right thing in the face of US led proxy wars in a last ditch attempt to divert attention from real problems. What happened in Lybia was a war crime under the cloak of UN resolution 1973, and there would have been more of the same in Syria. I wonder who paid for all these events in protest. I smell NED involvement. Sometimes it is a shame to have US citizenship.

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