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China, Russia veto UNSC resolution against Assad

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France's Ambassador to the U.N. Gerard Araud (left), U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice and Britain's Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant hold confabulations before a vote on a resolution on Syria in the United Nations Security Council on Saturday.
AFP France's Ambassador to the U.N. Gerard Araud (left), U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice and Britain's Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant hold confabulations before a vote on a resolution on Syria in the United Nations Security Council on Saturday.

India along with the U.S. and 12 others, backs Arab League move

Russia and China on Saturday vetoed an Arab League-backed resolution at the United Nations Security Council that called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down, while India, along with the U.S. and 12 others, backed the move.

France, Britain and Pakistan also voted in favour of the resolution aimed at putting pressure on Syria to end its 11-month crackdown on anti-government protests that have killed more than 200 people in one of the bloodiest episodes of the uprising against the Assad regime.

This is the second time Russia and China have carried out their double veto after the first one on October 5 last.

Ahead of the vote, President Barack Obama blamed the Syrian government for the “unspeakable assault” on its civilians in the city of Homs, as he demanded that Mr. Assad step down.

“I offer my deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones,” Mr. Obama said in Washington. Mr. Assad had “no right to lead Syria, and has lost all legitimacy with his people and the international community.”

Human Rights Watch condemned the UNSC resolution, terming the Russian and Chinese decision irresponsible and praised India, which so far was seen siding with Moscow and Beijing on this issue, for voting in favour of the failed resolution.

“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,” it added.

“In the end, by supporting this resolution, South Africa, India and Pakistan, rose to the occasion. They finally saw through Mr. Assad's lies and sided with the Syrian people,” the rights watchdog said.

HRW said the failure of this resolution should not provide illusory comfort to the Assad government as most countries around the world and in Syria's neighbourhood were repulsed by its “bloody repression campaign.”

“The Russian government is not only unapologetically arming a government that is killing its own people, but also providing it with diplomatic cover,” it alleged.

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India has shown it is not fit for a permanent seat by voting for this
resolution. Obama speaks of an “unspeakable assault” which has allegedly
killed 200 Syrians. What about the tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians?

from:  P Amman
Posted on: Feb 6, 2012 at 11:07 IST

Politicians are immoral. They interpret Democracy and freedom to their favour. Where did these Western leaders go when the Rajapakse regime has been committing gross human rights abuses against the innocent Tamils and massacred more than hundred thousand innocent Tamils? Have these Leaders who voted for the UN move, brought peace and stability in Iraq, Afganistan, Libya, Palestine and in Sri Lanka? Current Indian Congress regime has voted in favour of the UN move against Syria but the same corrupt Congress regime has collaborated with the Sri Lankan regime in committing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka and voted at the UNHRC, Geneva against an independent human rights investigation in Sri Lanka. Shame on these double standards leaders!

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 18:18 IST

It is sad to note that India such A Great Nation was unable to muster the courage to remian netural, to analyse a situation independently.

from:  Lakshman
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 17:27 IST

It isn't that India cannot resist Western pressure. India has at last
realized her responsibility. As a responsible world power, India cannot
stop and idle, hold "talks" while Assad kills off anyone who opposes
him. What India has shown is that, unlike Russia and China, it doesn't
put anti-Western agendas or black market weapons deals above human life.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 17:14 IST

I am disappointed to hear that India supported this resolution. India was wise to abstain from the resolution on Libya, and could have done the same here. I think organizations like HRW are just war-mongers.

from:  Dilip Raghavan
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 17:02 IST

Its such a shame the NATO atrocities are uncounted in Libyan war.When
an enquiry is requested UN sec rejects it.When Palestinian civilians
were bombarded not just by tank and snipers but fighter planes and
their settlements were razed down the US and UK vetoed it not just
once but multiple times.Libyan the richest country in Africa has
become the poorest country in Africa with no water and sanities.Kosovo
after military bombardment endorsed by UN has become the organ donor
market and prostitution centre of EU.India should support veto rather
than lead Syria into another Libya.

from:  kASPY
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 16:29 IST

The essence of the matter is that imperialism seeks to usurp oil and resources of the entire middle east and central asia.That is the game plan and it is couched in terms of democracy and freedom!Lets have democracy in the primitive and perverted bedouin land of saudi arabia where women cannot go to see a football match! And how about democracy in Egypt and Yemen and Kuwait and Bahrain and Libya.
Syria is a frontline state of Resistance against the zionist occupation called israel which must be destroyed.

from:  Sohail Zahid
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 15:25 IST

If the western countries had not so blatently stretched a "no fly
zone" into a full scale invasion of Libya, they may not have forced
Russia and China to use their veto. The US, UK, France and other
western powers who so dishonestly and shamelessly mounted a full
scale air war and covert land operations under the thin pretext of
enforcing a no fly zone have no one else to blame except for
themselves for the rebuke that they have received by Russia and
China. One cannot fool all the people all the time.

from:  najeeb
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 12:53 IST

Developing countries like, India, Pakistan etc should maintain a neutral
stand. India has again proved that it is not capable of handling pressure from US and European countries by favoring the resolution.No
county has the legitimacy to interfere in the domestic affairs of
sovereign country. The west has made the UN an instrument to drive thair
foreign agendas of regime change.

from:  Jameel
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 12:07 IST
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