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article imageRussia, China block UN resolution on Syria

By Katerina Nikolas     Feb 4, 2012 in World
President Obama called upon the 15 voting nations of the United Nations security council to vote in favor of a resolution calling for an end to the regime of President Assad. But he failed to garner the support of Russia and China.
For the second time Russia and China have exercised their vetoes against a United Nations Security Resolution against Syria. This follows their rejection of a previous motion tabled in October 2011. Each of the other 13 member nations voted in favor of the resolution condemning the violence in Syria and calling for President Bashar al-Assad to stand down.
President Obama called on the security council to support the resolution against Syria, saying "The international community must work to protect the Syrian people from this abhorrent brutality." (Newsday)
Since the October vote, the number of nations supporting the resolution increased from nine to 13, as the New York Times reported in October that other nations opposed to the move at that time were Brazil, India, South Africa and Lebanon.
Press TV reported that Russia's UN envoy, Vitaly Churkin, said "Moscow rejects any sanction approaches, any attempts to use the Security Council instruments to fuel the conflict, to justify a military intervention. The Council cannot dictate parameters for an internal political settlement; it has no authority for it.”
The Chinese said that the situation in Syria would be made worse if further sanctions were imposed. VOA news reported that U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice told the security council that the U.S. was disgusted by the Russian and Chinese vetoes.
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