UN General Assembly Passes Resolution Condemning Security Council
The United Nations General Assembly in a vote by a large majority of 133 votes to 12 with 31 abstentions passed a resolution to condemn its own Security Council for failing to end the unrest in Syria as fighting rages.
The non-binding resolution which also condemns the Syrian government’s use of heavy weapons came after the resignation of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan and the failure of his six-point peace plan.
The General Assembly resolution expresses “grave concern” at the escalation of violence in Syria and deplores “the failure of the Security Council to agree on measures to ensure the compliance of Syrian authorities with its decisions”.
“The first step in the cessation of violence has to be made by the Syrian authorities,” the resolution said.
Saudi Arabia, the driving force behind the resolution, had urged the Assembly to maintain its moral and humanitarian values by approving the motion.
Syria’s envoy, Bashar Jaafari, reacted to the vote by saying his government still supported Mr Annan’s six-point plan.
Accusing Saudi Arabia and Qatar of having undermined the plan before coming out in support of it, he said: “You cannot be a fireman and an arsonist at the same time.”
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the conflict in Syria had become a “proxy war” and called on powers to overcome their rivalries in an effort to end the violence.
“The acts of brutality that are being reported may constitute crimes against humanity or war crimes,” he said.
Russia and China have blocked three attempts in the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against Damascus.