Ummid Assistant

Samsung sets up fund for poor kids' education

US varsity offers doctorate for education professionals

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » International

UN assembly adopts resolution condemning Syria

Friday February 17, 2012 11:01:37 AM, Agencies

Related Articles

Death and Defiance in Damascus

WHEN the history of these interesting times is written, the people of Syria will perhaps take their place right at the top. Of course, the courage and leadership demonstrated by the people of Tunisia and Egypt in challenging the old, ossified  »

Hundreds killed in Homs; wounded denied medical care: HRW

Pope calls for end to Syria violence

Concerned India backs democracy transition in Syria

Russia, China veto UN resolution on Syria; India, US disappointed

OIC expresses regret over UNSC failure to reach an agreement on Syria

United Nations: The 193-nation UN General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution that endorses an Arab League plan calling for him to step aside. The resolution though legally not as strong as passed by the Security Council will ratchet up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The resolution, similar to the one Russia and China vetoed in the Security Council on Feb. 4, received 137 votes in favor, 12 against and 17 abstentions, though three countries said their votes failed to register on the electronic board.

Russia and China were among those opposing the resolution, which was drafted by Saudi Arabia and submitted by Egypt on behalf of Arab states. Unlike in the Security Council, there are no vetoes in the General Assembly, but its decisions lack the legal force of council resolutions.

“Today the UN General Assembly sent a clear message to the people of Syria — the world is with you,” news Agency Reuters quoted US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice as saying in a statement.

“An overwhelming majority of UN member states have backed the plan put forward by the Arab League to end the suffering of Syrians,” she said. “Bashar Assad has never been more isolated.”

The resolution said the assembly “fully supports” the Arab League plan aimed at halting Syria’s 11-month crackdown on anti-Assad demonstrators and urges UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a special envoy to Syria.

It also condemns Damascus for “widespread and systematic violations of human rights” and calls for the withdrawal of Syrian forces from towns and cities. The United Nations says more than 5,400 civilians have been killed in the uprising.

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari rejected the resolution, telling the assembly it was part of a plot to overthrow Syria’s government and allow the “terrorist” opposition to take over the country.

“We have deep concerns vis-a-vis the real intentions of the countries that have co-sponsored this draft, particularly that these countries are leading a political and media aggression against Syria,” he said.

Those countries, Ja’afari said, are providing “all media, financial and political support to the armed terrorist groups and securing them coverage in international fora.”


The continued violence in Syria has killed hundreds of people so far. According to the Human Rights Watch, since February 3, 2012, alone the attacks have killed more than 300 persons in Homs city of Syria and wounded hundreds others, including women and children.


It says, no adequate medical assistance is available to the victims due to a blockade of the city by government forces and fear of arrest if treated at government-controlled hospitals.





Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS






Top Stories

45 percent voting in Mumbai civic elections

In a show of voter apathy, Mumbai marked a turnout of 45 percent in elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the richest civic body in India. A top civic official, however, said that the voter percentage  »

Elections will see communal parties losing relevance: Chavan

High voltage Maharashtra municipal poll campaign ends

Lyricist Gulzar's name missing from electoral rolls!


  Most Read

IOC defends Dow, will remain Olympic sponsor

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says Dow Chemicals will remain a sponsor at the London Olympics   »

Olympics ethics panel commissioner quits over Dow sponsorship

After Khurshid, another minister promises quotas in UP

Congress leader and Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma has reignited the row over reservations for minorities in Uttar Pradesh by promising sub-quotas for Muslims if the party was voted to power in the state. Addressing a political rally at Kayamganj  »

BJP hits out at PM's 'deafening silence'


  News Pick

Bangkok blasts not terrorist act, says Thai deputy PM

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapha said Thursday that the three explosions in downtown Bangkok Tuesday were a security issue and there was no evidence to classify them as a terror attack  »

Law on anti-tobacco warnings ignored in two states: Study

Nearly two months after the deadline for printing harsher, coloured pictorial health warnings on packs of tobacco products, a study in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat has found that over 75 percent of products  »

Death and Defiance in Damascus

WHEN the history of these interesting times is written, the people of Syria will perhaps take their place right at the top. Of course, the courage  »

Hundreds killed in Homs; wounded denied medical care: HRW


Picture of the Day

A month-long showcase, "Dawn Upon Delhi: Rise of a Capital", which opened at the NGMA late Monday evening, has now recreated the making of the city of Delhi from the Mutiny of 1857 to the present day with more than 250 rare documents. Part of this collection above is an artist's view of early 19th century Delhi.



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant



Science & Technology



About us




Government Schemes










Contact us




    Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.