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India votes for UN resolution on Syria

The resolution could not be adopted as Russia and China,both permanent members of the Council,voted against it.

Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a new UN Security Council resolution that would have slapped new sanctions against President Assad’s regime,while India was among the 11 countries that voted in favour.

Reacting to the outcome of the voting,India termed as “regrettable” the failure of the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution on Syria that would have threatened sanctions against Assad’s regime.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said it was “regrettable that the Council has not been able to adopt the resolution today and send a joint message that was sought by Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan.”

“In our view,it would have been preferable for the Council members to show flexibility so that a united message could be conveyed to all sides to the Syrian crisis instead of pursuance of domestic interests,” Puri said in his explanation on the vote.

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India was among the 11 countries that voted in favour of the resolution. Pakistan and South Africa abstained. The resolution could not be adopted as Russia and China,both permanent members of the Council,voted against it.

The resolution had sought to put sanctions against the Syrian regime if Assad did not stop using heavy weapons against civilians and withdrew troops from towns and cities.

The resolution,proposed by Britain,France,Germany and the United States,would also have extended the UN’s observer mission in Syria for 45 days. The mandate for the UN’s 300-man observer mission in Syria expires tomorrow.

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The resolution had sought to put UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter,which allows the council to authorise actions ranging from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military intervention.

The UN estimates that more than 10,000 people,mostly civilians,have been killed in Syria and tens of thousands displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 16 months ago.

First published on: 20-07-2012 at 01:52:45 am
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