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UN General Assembly passes resolution on Syria

08-04-2012 08:13 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution demanding all parties in Syria stop all forms of violence. The resolution was written by Saudi Arabia, with support of other Arab nations. It received 133 votes in favor, 12 against and 31 abstained. Iain Mckinnell has the story.

The UN resolution calls for a political transition and the establishment of a democratic government in Syria. It demands all parties immediately and visibly implement relevant Security Council resolutions in order to achieve a cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties.

It condemns the Assad government’s use of heavy weapons in the fight against rebel forces. It also condemns the Security Council’s failure to agree on measures to stop the violence.

Before the vote, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reminded the Assembly of the fresh violence in Syria.

The electronic screen shows Syrian UN ambassador Bashar Ja'afari during the UN
General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, Aug. 3, 2012. The UN General
Assembly adopted on Friday a resolution demanding all parties in Syria stop all
forms of violence. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General, said, "The 6-point plan failed the violence continues no winter in the fighting."

The revised draft dropped the original demand for President Bashar al-Assad to step down and further sanctions.

But the General Assembly asked the Syrian government to strictly observe their obligations under the international law with respect to chemical and biological weapons.

Damascus had earlier acknowledged it had chemical and biological weapons, but vowed it would never use them in any internal fight or against the Syrian people.

The Syrian Ambassador to the UN says his government still supports the Annan six-point peace plan.

Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are not legally binding. The voting requires a simple majority, and there is no veto.



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