UN General Assembly condemns Syria
17 February 2012, 09:22
New York - The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution backing
an Arab League plan that calls for Syria's president to step down and
strongly condemns human rights violations by his regime.
The vote in the 193-member world body was 137-12 with 17 abstentions.
Russia and China, who vetoed a similar resolution in the Security Council, voted against the resolution.
are no vetoes in the General Assembly and while their resolutions are
not legally binding, they do reflect world opinion on major issues.
were hoping for a high "yes" vote to deliver a strong message to
President Bashar Assad to immediately end all human rights violations
and attacks on civilians and hand power to his vice-president.
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