Russia and China have vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning the crackdown on anti-government protests in Syria, provoking strong reactions from Paris and Washington, who said they would continue pushing for UN sanctions.
REUTERS - Russia and China have handed President Bashar al-Assad a diplomatic victory by vetoing a European-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution against Syria, after six months of a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
“This veto will not stop us. No veto can give carte blanche to the Syrian authorities,” French U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud told the 15-nation council on Tuesday.
The United Nations resolution, which had hinted that Damascus could face sanctions at a later stage, received nine votes in favour and four abstentions. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Washington was outraged and that it was time for the Security Council to adopt “tough targeted sanctions” on Damascus.
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Turkey also announced a nine-day military exercise in Hatay, starting on Wednesday.
Syrian opposition groups meeting in Istanbul on Sunday appealed for international action to stop what they called indiscriminate killings of civilians by the Syrian authorities, but rejected any Libya-style military intervention.
Date created : 2011-10-05