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The UN General Assembly has adopted an Arab-backed resolution condemning human rights violations in Syria and calling for an end to the violence.
Once again, Russia and China voted against, fearing that this will lead to regime change and international intervention – both of course felt tricked into backing the rebels of Libya.
Syria for her part says the resolution is a greenlight to terrorists, and as if to make the point for Damascus a second assassination occurred today – the first of a politician a week before, and the second of a Cleric who called for the rebels to end violence, Russia Today reports.
On their website, the rebels also posted their own message for the man they had killed – ‘burn in hell.’
The resolution which was approved by 137 votes to 12 against, with 17 abstentions, is symbollic.
The countries who voted ‘no’ were –
- North Korea
China and Russia have been criticised for being out of touch – they could also be trying to resolve the problem without further bloodshed by taking into account that people on both sides have been killed by violence in Syria.
Chris Kelsey said:
Didn’t someone once say that you could tell someone by the friends they keep? Among the handful of Syria’s supporters in the General Assembly are North Korea, Belarus and Zimbabwe.
I think the idea that Vladimir Putin cares a great deal about solving this problem without bloodshed is a little naive. What he cares about is trying to make sure Russia continues to have one friend in the Middle East, and one with a Mediterranean port.
Speaking of which, an Iranian warship just visited Tartus. Syria is vital to Iran as that country’s most irreconcilable neighbour.
Thank you for reply which is as always very interesting and insightful.
So what do you think Europe and the US’s reasons for backing the rebels are then?
Unfortunately, there are no good guys in international politics, just interests.