UN Passes Resolution Critical of Syrian Government
United Nations, Aug 3 (RHC) The UN General Assembly adopted on Friday a resolution condemning the Syrian government despite its rejection by a group of permanent member nations, including Russia and China.
The document, approved with 133 votes in favor, 12 against and 31 abstentions, criticizes all violent acts disregarding their actors, and this includes terrorist actions, Pl news reported.
However, Russia described the resolution as unilateral and unbalanced for encouraging armed opposition groups to intensify their actions and for standing far from a contribution to stability and the end of violence in Syria.
The document, proposed by the Arab countries, reaffirms the UN General Assembly’s commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria and recalls that all UN member nations will abstain from resorting to threat or the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.
The resolution also expresses the UN determination to offer protection to the civil population and reaffirms its support of the work of the UN and the Arab League envoy.
Kofi Annan submitted his resignation as special envoy on Thursday arguing that the division within the international community on the Syrian conflict made his task difficult to accomplish.
Meanwhile, Venezuela described the resolution as interventionist and poorly objective. Venezuelan representative Jorge Valero said the document only includes a long list of human rights violations allegedly committed by the Syrian government while it minimizes or hides the crimes undertaken terrorist groups and the armed opposition.
Venezuela was one of the countries that voted against the document, along with Cuba, which alerted that its content may lead to increasing instability and violence in the Middle East country.