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Russia, China Veto UN Syria Resolution

Demonstrators rally against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after Friday Prayers in Talbiseh, Syria
Demonstrators rally against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after Friday Prayers in Talbiseh, Syria
Russia and China have vetoed a UN resolution backing an Arab peace plan calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
 
The other 13 council members, including the U.S., France, and Britain, voted in favor of the resolution aimed at stopping the ongoing violence in Syria.
 
The resolution was discussed in a special Security Council meeting in New York on February 4.
 
In addition to calling for a transition government in Syria, the text had maintained strong condemnation of the "continued widespread gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities."
 
It also called for "an inclusive Syrian-led political process conducted in an environment free from violence, fear, intimidation, and extremism, and aimed at effectively addressing the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the Syrian people."

The veto drew strong criticism from UN and Western officials.
 
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky quoted Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as saying the veto "undermines the role of the United Nations and the international community" at a time when Damascus must hear a unified voice calling for "an immediate end to its violence against the Syrian people."

Britain's UN mission said Russia and China "shamefully vetoed" the resolution.
 
French Ambassador Gerard Araud said, "It is a sad day for this council, a sad day for Syrians, and a sad day for all friends of democracy."
 
U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said her country was "disgusted" by the vote.

In Munich, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a security conference it has not been possible to work constructively with Russian on a UN draft resolution.
 
She said, "there are those who prevent the world community from condemning Syria [for the] violence."
 
Moscow had said before the vote that the resolution was not "hopeless" but its wording needed to be altered to avoid "taking sides in a civil war."
 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier on February 4 in Munich that the draft resolution made too few demands on armed groups opposing President Assad's regime.
 
"Support for one particular side in an internal conflict and attempts to impose a political scheme on the scale and pace of reforms from the outside present a dangerous path that leads to the expansion of zones of instability and the strengthening of elements of chaos in international affairs," Lavrov said.

Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that the proposed Security Council resolution "sent an unbalanced signal to the Syrian parties." He also said Western nations behind the resolution were "calling for regime change, pushing the opposition towards power."

China's official news agency Xinhua quoted Li Baodong, the Chinese representative to the UN, as saying further consultation was needed on the resolution text.

Homs Shelling
 
The vote at the UN took place a day after Syrian forces pummeled the city of Homs with mortar and artillery fire. Activists say the attack on February 3 killed 217 people and left hundreds wounded.
 
Syria's state-run news agency SANA blamed the deaths on "armed terrorist groups" and called reports of army involvement a "distortion" and an attempt by satellite television channels to falsify information.
 
But U.S. President Barack Obama accused the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of murdering civilians in an "unspeakable assault" in the city of Homs.
 
"Assad must halt his campaign of killing and crimes against his own people now.  He must step aside and allow a democratic transition to proceed immediately," Obama said in a statement.
 
Many other world leaders have also condemned the attack.
 
In Paris, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe called it a "further step in savagery" and a "crime against humanity" by the Damascus regime.
 
Separately, Tunisia said it no longer recognized Assad’s regime and had decided to expel the Syrian ambassador from Tunis.
 
The UN says more than 5,400 people have been killed over almost 11 months in a Syrian government crackdown on civilian protests.

With agency reports
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by: Jack from: US
February 04, 2012 19:31
Russians do right things sometimes. US government wanted to replace secular Syrian government with fundamentalist Wahhabi Sunni gangs like in Lybia, who kill Christians, Shia Muslims and all other "infidels". That's what US government wanted and Russia and China made the right decision to stop criminals from turning Syria into Wahhabi gangland like Lybia
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by: Adam from: Yekaterinburg
February 04, 2012 20:57
Jack, after reading a similar strain of comment on every article you comment on, I have a question and a statement? Firstly the question, WHY do you think the U.S wants a Wahabi Sunni administration all over the world? Please reply. My statement is you are not informed if you think the U.S administration favours any kind religion over another. The administration's aim is to acquire as much wealth as possible for certain individuals and to keep the domestic situation stable. They only favour a certain religion/cult/creed when it favours these objectives. They care not if their puppet is shia, sunni or rastafarian so long as he is able to follow their orders. That is the reality, I hope you come to understand this. On a side point, your obsession with wahabi's (and their taking over the world) comes across as though you having been brainwashed.
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by: Jack from: US
February 05, 2012 14:19
it is pretty much an open secret that US politicians are on Saudi's payroll. And it does not take much to buy US senator - $100M will surely do for 95% of them. Saudi Arabia which holds billions in US assets surely can afford that. The common sense and the interest of American people do not matter here. $100M into a pocket of John McCain turns him into avid lover of Wahhabi Sunni islam, no matter how many US soldiers Wahhabis kill in Afghanistan or Iraq or on 9/11
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
February 05, 2012 03:21
Oh you, Jack! Claims to be a "great politician", and do not understand basic things.
The UN has turned into a confrontation with the U.S. and the West on one side and Russia on the other, еspecially today, when the throne is tottering under the Putin.
The regime of Russia is well aware that the days of Assad are numbered.
Putin used the UN to stir up criticism of Russia by Western countries that will allow him to redirect the anger of his slaves against the U.S. and its allies..."See! .. Russian citizens, they hate us and want us dead"
The purpose of the veto and demarches of the Putin in the UN force his slaves pray again for him.
Foreign policy is designed for internal--is the formula of Putin's actions in the UN.
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by: American Troll
February 05, 2012 08:24
Salaam, Jack. Your remark got me curious, and I'm hoping you'll humor three quick questions.

First, do you see Slav/Orthodox supremacists like Belov and Dyomushkin in the same light as Wahhabis, or are they in a different light on account of being, well...light?

On that note, what's your reaction to a "Tatar Obama" in the Kremlin? Remember, we nodded our heads politely and listened to "А у вас негров линчуют" for two generations, and now... well, you know. So suppose Putin and enough of his entourage "pull a Lokomotiv" and find themselves all aboard the wrong Yak-42 (which is to say, any Yak-42) and the highest-ranking surviving bureaucrat--or fastest-shooting GRU officer--turns out to be a Tatar or Jew or some flavor of Dagestani. Any issues there?

Finally, suppose your eighteen-year-old daughter (a Russian with kids, I know, surreal) comes home from her first semester at MGU with the inevitable boyfriend in tow. This one's a keeper: sharp as a tack, well-dressed, not a drunk, speaks better Russian than you do, has a great IT career ahead of him, attends weekly service but isn't a nutjob like so many kids these days, and wants kids. Oh, and his surname is Khadzhimukhammedov. OK, scratch that, let's keep this fair. Seeing your approval of China's vote, let's make his surname Feng. You know what? No, let's stick with the Muslim name. You're not nekulturny. Being a forward-looking guy, you're xorosho with that, right? You're not one of those "5,000 dead bl******ss Muslims is a good start" stiff-arm-salute types, right? Right?

by: Keir from: Germany
February 04, 2012 20:29
In 1914 Russia went out of its way to openly support a terror-state, Serbia, whose agents were responsible for murder and terror. Today it again chooses to speak out on behalf of a murderous regime, and alongside it is China, no stranger either to the use of black gaols, torture, repression, mass execution, extortion and blackmail.
Of course, neither country offers an alternative proposal to end the bloodshed- they only exist to veto. Funny how they sang a different song when they were the objects of threats and aggression last century...
Why do we continue to play this farce? It reminds me of Leonard Cohen's lyrics already a generation ago back when China was running over its youth with tanks as other communist regimes collapsed: "I can't run no more with that lawless crowd while the killers in high places say their prayers out loud."
Churchill had it right back in 1946- countries which share the same values, believe in the same principles, made common sacrifices should join forces and stand up for such ideals. In the meantime, blood spills and we shuffle along to the tune of the lawless.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 05, 2012 09:56
That's it, Fritzi, stop talking an act: you, germans, have a particularly impressive record of acting: an action against "Serbian terrorists" in 1914 - an impressive result in 1918, another action in 1939 - another yet more impressive result in 1945. I just do not have enough imagination to vorstellen what result the third action on your part is going to bring about :-)).

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 05, 2012 09:51
It's interesting to see how much the world has changed since 2003: back then the gringos just invaded Iraq, no matter who was opposed - and it was Russia, China, Germany, France etc etc etc. Today Russia and China are the only ones opposed, but the gringos - instead of acting like in 2003 - are just talking, and talking, and talking... Nicolas Sarkozy is also talking a lot, but this one has only 2 more months to be talking in public - very soon only his wife will be hearing him talk :-))))))).
You, gringos, just stop talking and act the way you did under George W.: attack Iran, attack Syria, attack N. Korea, attack Russia, attack China, attack Venezuela, attack Cuba, you freedom-loving nation going bankrupt :-))!

by: Alidad from: Spain
February 05, 2012 10:13
What can one expect really from the communists and their descendents? The putrid offal that run these two countries were communists yesterday and cynical cronies and kleptocrats today. Their support for Syria, Iran, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Saddam, Zimbabwe, North Korea and every other dirt-hole in the world is instinctive - they have an instinctive sympathy for their murderous friends, the way rats might move and defend each other in a pack.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 05, 2012 15:46
The real dirt-hole is your native "madre patria" - the country of Escriba de Balaguer, Franco, Aznar and other fascists; the country whose population was smart enough to elect another one of them, who is dedicating himself these days to kissing up to Frau Merkel (just like Franco was kissing up Hitler), asking her for permission to cut wages and social benefits yet further, the country which is entering the fourth year of recession, where 43 % of young people are unemployed (more than 5 Mln unemployed overall) and where most young people one meets are drug-addicts. The country which is losing population, because people do not find any work there and have to emigrate - just like in the 1950s under Franco. That is the real dirt-hole - the new German colony called España.

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