General Assembly adopts resolution on Syria

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The General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution expressing grave concern at the ongoing violence in Syria.

There are 193 member states in the United Nations and 107 countries voted in favour of the resolution while 12 voted against it.

Fifty-nine countries abstained.

The ambassador of Qatar, Meshal Hamad Al-Thani, introduced the resolution, saying that the tragedies in Syria are well known.

"Here we wonder: Shouldn't the UN, in the face of the continued escalation of the use of heavy weapons and ballistic missiles by the Syrian authorities against population centres, condemn that in the strongest terms? Shouldn't the UN, in view of the escalation of violence, condemn these acts, whatever the source is? Shouldn't the UN, in light of the violation of international humanitarian law and human rights and fundamental freedoms, condemn these transgressions irrespective of their perpetrators and call for ending them immediately? Mr. President, this is the only basis from which the draft resolution proceeded.”

General Assembly president Vuk Jeremić pointed out that at least 80,000 people have died and more than five million Syrians have been displaced both within and outside the country since the crisis began in March 2011.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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