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Will Russia Veto a UN Security Council Resolution On Syria?

Will Russia Veto a UN Security Council Resolution On Syria?

On Saturday, the Arab League announced that it was halting its mission in Syria. Violence has dramatically stepped up, with activists reporting that 160 people have been killed in the past two days. The city of Homs, an epicenter of the protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime throughout the ten-month uprising, was bombarded with machine gun fire from the military; there are reports that children have been killed by snipers. Shelling was also reported in the suburbs of Damascus.

The Syrian army has reportedly control of Ghouta, an area that had recently been held by the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA). Opposition forces counter that they actually have made a “tactical withdrawal” from the area and say that they will embark on more “guerilla-style” operations against Assad’s forces.

Will Russia Veto UN Security Council Resolution

Hillary Clinton, William Hague and Alain Juppé will all be present at the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to voice their support for a resolution for political change in Syria. A vote on the resolution, which calls for Assad to transfer power to a deputy and form a unity government within two months, is likely on Thursday, after Arab League secretary general Nabil Elaraby and Qatari prime minister Hamad Bin Jassim present a report on the situation in Syria.

The White House says that it supports a political solution to end the crisis in Syria. White House spokesman Jay Carney says that Assad has lost control of his country and that he will fall.

But Russia has said that it will block the UN’s resolution because such a transfer of power “leaves open the possibility of intervention” in Syria’s internal affairs. Russia, which supplies Syria with arms and has a naval base at Tartous near the coastal city of Latakia, has said that Syrian authorities are ready to hold talks with the opposition in Moscow. Burhan Ghalioun, the head of the opposition Syrian National Council said that the council refuses to do so and that the resignation of Assad is necessary before any such talks and before any transition of power can occur in Syria.

France says that 10 out of the 15 countries who are on the Security Council support the resolution. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Russsia has the power to veto any resolution that is proposed. Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov described the draft resolution as “not balanced.”

About 6,000 people have died since protests began in Syria ten months ago and thousands have been detained. The Syrian government says that over 2,000 soldiers have been killed and has blamed the unrest on “foreign conspirators” and “thugs.” Reports have emerged that a senior army defector, Lieutenant Colonel Hussein Harmoush, was executed last week by a firing squad, after disappearing under mysterious circumstances from a refugee camp in southern Turkey. Harmoush had been one of the first military officers to make a public declaration of his opposition to Assad last year.

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6:02AM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Russia's self interest echoes our own.

10:04AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

its tricky to say

9:33AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

A Rússia no seu pais não respeita os direitos Humanos portanto as autoridades da Rússia gosta de apoiar os governos repressores

8:50AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

Of course Russia will use it's veto. They always support repressive governments.

7:28AM PST on Jan 31, 2012


5:04AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

I certainly hope that Russia keeps to its principled stand and vetoes the resolution. The elected and legitimate government of peace loving Syria is facing an armed insurgency directed and financed from the outside by Zionist Imperialist forces allied with religious elements. I watch Syrian TV and I can tell you that reports of 2000 security forces killed by "peaceful protetsors" are conservative. Only 10 days ago a Syrian general lost both legs in a car bomb attack. Does this sound like "peaceful protestors" or... al-Qaida?

3:36AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

Why is it that the countries who care the least wants to be the most involved? I'm talking about Europe and america. But say if an African country decided to support the OWS crew with millions of dollars and arms to legitimately overthrow the government which they are opposed to,?... Geddit? Probably not... We are very selective about what we see.

3:34AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

Do-gooders around the world. Where are your public demonstrantions and flotillas in support of the Syrian people?

6:37PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Of course Russia will veto. They usually do.

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