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BREAKING: Russia and China Veto UN Resolution on Syria

BREAKING: Russia and China Veto UN Resolution on Syria

Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and to “facilitate” a political transition in the Arab country. 13 out of the 15 members of the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution to end the increasingly bloody unrest, which has now entered its eleventh month in Syria.

New York-based Human Rights Watch immediately issued a statement:

“Vetoes by Russia and China are not only a slap in the face of the Arab League, they are also a betrayal of the Syrian people.”

“The death toll had more than doubled in the last four months, and the risk is high that the Assad regime will see this double veto as a green light for even more violence.”

The Chinese envoy said that “sanctions, or the threat of sanctions, do not help resolve the questions of Syria” and might only “further complicate the situation.” Russia’s envoy insisted that a “unilateral, accusatory bent against Damascus” is counter to the “principle of a peaceful settlement of a crisis on the basis of full Syrian national dialogue.”

Earlier on Saturday, President Obama had called for Assad to step down:

Thirty years after his father massacred tens of thousands of innocent Syrian men, women, and children in Hama, Bashar al-Assad has demonstrated a similar disdain for human life and dignity. Yesterday the Syrian government murdered hundreds of Syrian citizens, including women and children, in Homs through shelling and other indiscriminate violence, and Syrian forces continue to prevent hundreds of injured civilians from seeking medical help. These brutal killings take place at a time when so many Syrians are also marking a deeply meaningful day for their faith. I strongly condemn the Syrian government’s unspeakable assault against the people of Homs and I offer my deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones. 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.

Speaking of the “abhorrent brutality” taking place in Syria, Obama called for a political solution to the crisis and demanded that Assad’s “killing machine” be stopped.

Back in October, Russia and China had blocked a Security Council resolution supported by the US and Western allies. Susan Rice, the US envoy to the UN, condemned today’s double veto:

Since these two members last vetoed the resolution an estimated 3,000 Syrians have been killed, with nearly 250 killed just yesterday. Many thousands more have been held and tortured.

The Security Council vote, and Russia’s and China’s vetoes, happened amid reports of the bloodiest massacre yet in Syria, with over 200 killed in Homs after the army attacked it with mortars, machine guns and tanks late on Friday. Women and children are reportedly among those killed.

Previous Care2 Coverage

Syrian Activists Describe Massacre in Homs

UN Drafting Resolution For Assad to Step Down

US Considers Closing Embassy in Syria



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1:52AM PST on Mar 11, 2012

These dictators were put into place by American elements loyal to the Banksters who profiteered out of these type of governments and now they dictators are being targeted by the people being duped by the global media who also are doing the bidding of the Banksters as they now feel they can implement their plan of a New World government thats not elected by the people except in a token way but total power will be held and enforced by the Banksters. Kennedy took them on and was murdered for his efforts and those who assisted in the cover up were amply rewarded by the criminals.

5:27AM PST on Feb 14, 2012

It was disappointing. Every dictator should go. It is business for Russia and China. But why no one especially Americans here do not think that you are getting a dose of their own medicine. Remember unilateral vetoes the great protector of human rights contributed when it was against their Interest?!!! The same feelings rest of the world had when America did this many times. I felt it many times before and I feel it now, sad anyways very sad.

10:11AM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Which just proves once again, that the U.N. in it's current form is unable to adress global problems.




7:06AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Right on Jarno L. I was just going to say what you did but you beat me to it!

9:20PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

@Marianne C. Exactly my thought. Arms!

6:51PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Assad claims the uprising is the work of interlopers. The Russsians have also put out press releases claiming that the protests against the most recent elections were brewed up by Washington and have been years in the making.The Chinese have always freaked out whenever their human rights record is ,mentioned, they still suppress observations of Tienamin and blame it on biased press coverage, kaddafi claimed his people loved him right up to when they shot I picking up a theme here?

6:22PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Thanks for the article.

5:34PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Hi Jillian :)

The vetoes are not about who's right and wrong. They are meant to prevent a clash between a UN-sanctioned mission and the forces of powerful countries. They are also meant to try to keep the UN relevant: Imagine if Azerbaijan, Colombia, Guatemala, Pakistan, Morocco, Portugal, South Africa, and Togo (a majority in the UNSC) supported an intervention without support from the rest. While Pakistan and Portugal could contribute significant forces, none of them can effectively project forces far beyond their borders so they could not actually run the mission. Now imagine if the U.S. supported intervention in Syria and it turned into a U.S./Russian clash on Syrian soil. Lots of good people would die, no matter who was right and who was wrong.

4:44PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

The UN is hogtied by China and Russia - two Superpowers that basically dance with rogue nations. In situations like this, the US, NATO, Europe, the Commonwealth Nations, the Arab League, South Korea and Japan should deliver the needed relief to the Syrian people and in this case - an International Force to upend the Assad and the Ba'athist regime. They should do this today with the help of the Syrian activists and opposition groups. Waiting to get justification from the UN Security Council only deteriorates the situation.

3:18PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

” Russia’s envoy insisted that a “unilateral, accusatory bent against Damascus” is counter to the “principle of a peaceful settlement of a crisis on the basis of full Syrian national dialogue.”
Can some one please tell me what this means!

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