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article imageInternational disgust at Russia, China veto on Syria resolution

By Katerina Nikolas     Feb 5, 2012 in World
The U.S., U.K., and France have each vocalised their disgust over the Russian-Chinese veto of the UN Security Council resolution on Syria, which was supported by each of the other 13 voting nations.
The veto which Russia and China exercised against the UN resolution on Syria, has been met with disgust by the international community. The resolution called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign, in the face of increased government suppression of dissent.
The Telegraph reported that British Foreign Minister William Hague called the veto an "hour of shame" for the UN, as he accused Russia and China of siding with Assad's regime. He said "Their approach lets the Syrian people down, and will only encourage President Assad's brutal regime to increase the killing, as it has done in Homs over the past 24 hours."
His sentiments were echoed by U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice who said "The United States is disgusted that a couple of members of this council continue to prevent us from fulfilling our sole purpose." The Jerusalem Post reported she said “any further blood that flows will be on their hands.”
The French Ambassador to the UN, Gerard Araud, said of the veto "It is a sad day for the council. It is a sad day for Syria ... History has compounded our shame," the Guardian reported.
Russia and China blocked the UN resolution as they regarded it as interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. Although the resolution did not call for sanctions or military intervention, both nations had disapproved of the way events turned in Libya after approving UN sanctions.
According to the China Daily the Chinese UN representative, Li Baodong, regretted that the Security Council had not taken into consideration a reasonable revision of the resolution proposed by Moscow.
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