UN General Assembly condemns Syria violence

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A resolution condemning the government crackdown on civilians in Syria has been passed by the UN General Assembly.

The resolution, which comes in response to the ongoing violence and human rights violations in the Middle Eastern country, passed with 122 votes for, 13 against, with 41 abstentions.

An estimated 3,500 civilians have died in army reprisals despite repeated calls from the international community, the United Nations and the League of Arab States to end the violence.

The resolution does not carry any legal weight.

The UK's Ambassador to the UN, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, spoke on behalf of the 60 countries who introduced the resolution.

"The international community cannot remain silent. This draft resolution is a joint cross-regional, one-off initiative to respond to the current situation in the Syrian Arab Republic. It draws attention to the initiative by the League of Arab States to address the situation in the country, and calls for full implementation of its Plan of Action in its entirety and without delay".

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The resolution also calls for the cooperation of Syrian authorities with the independent international Commission of Inquiry, established by the Human Rights Council.

Meanwhile, Syria's permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar Ja'afaray, noted that his country had already signed and agreed to commit to the Arab League Plan of Action.

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