UN Security Council fails to agree on condemning Syria

A European push for the U.N. Security Council to condemn Syria’s violent crackdown against anti-government protesters collapsed on Wednesday due to resistance from Russia, China and Lebanon, envoys said.

“There will be no statement,” a Security Council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Earlier this week Britain, France, Germany and Portugal circulated to the other 11 council members a draft statement condemning Syria’s violent crackdown against protesters and urging restraint by the government, council diplomats said.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who called the Syrian crackdown that has led to what rights groups say are hundreds of civilian deaths “abhorrent and deplorable,” also supported the push for a Security Council condemnation. She also accused Damascus of seeking help from Iran.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an independent investigation of the killings, though Syria said it was capable of investigating the protesters’ deaths itself.

Permanent veto-wielding council members Russia and China have become increasingly critical of the U.N.-backed intervention to protect civilians in Libya. U.N. diplomats say that Moscow and Beijing worry the intervention aims to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

“Their tolerance of U.S. and European attempts to protect civilians in the Middle East appears to have dissipated,” a U.N. official told Reuters.

Diplomats said the Lebanese delegation also opposed the idea of condemning Syria. Lebanon, the sole Arab Security Council member, has had a troubled relationship with its neighbor and Syrian influence remains strong there.

Last week the council failed to agree a similar statement condemning Yemen’s crackdown against protesters, who have demanded greater freedoms and called on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

The demonstrations in Syria and Yemen were inspired by similar ones in Egypt and Tunisia, which led to the ouster of their leaders. Reuters

  • Hannibal

    Thank you Russia, China and Lebanon… Morality = 0

  • Thank you Russia, China and Lebanon… Morality = 0

  • Thank you Russia, China and Lebanon… Morality = 0

  • Thank you Russia, China and Lebanon… Morality = 0

  • Thank you Russia, China and Lebanon… Morality = 0

  • Russia and China are useless on anything.The fact they sit at the big boy table is questionable.Me?I hope Assad gets his due,drug by the true people of Syria before the ICC for crimes against humanity.And drag his Hamas buddy with him…We will handle Iran in due time..

  • Russia and China are useless on anything.The fact they sit at the big boy table is questionable.Me?I hope Assad gets his due,drug by the true people of Syria before the ICC for crimes against humanity.And drag his Hamas buddy with him…We will handle Iran in due time..

  • Beiruti

    Its shameful to be Lebanese knowing we vetoed a crime against humanity. Yet we condemned Libya…

  • Anonymous

    Its shameful to be Lebanese knowing we vetoed a crime against humanity. Yet we condemned Libya…

    • Anonymous

      blaim the foreign minister and the lebanese representative in UN….lebanese pple have nothing to do with their decision…

      berri and hizbollah are the biggest syrian dogs ever!

      el 3ama bi albon sa7i7….anyone votes against end of injustice is a tyrant himself.

      this episode confirms to the international community is that lebanon is actually hizbollah.

  • kareemthehippy

    How humiliating, 3anjad 3aib 3aleyna..

  • kareemthehippy

    How humiliating, 3anjad 3aib 3aleyna..

  • Anonymous

    How humiliating, 3anjad 3aib 3aleyna..

  • master09

    Russia and China are playing the big game and that is to burn Isreal and USA with the help of Iran and than they will be the POWERS.
    They are the biggest suppliers of weapons to the ME they did the same in Libya situation and most weapons came from Russia. With Lebanon if it gets worse in Syria than we will have millions crossing the border for protection and Lebanon can not handle that.

  • master09

    Russia and China are playing the big game and that is to burn Isreal and USA with the help of Iran and than they will be the POWERS.
    They are the biggest suppliers of weapons to the ME they did the same in Libya situation and most weapons came from Russia. With Lebanon if it gets worse in Syria than we will have millions crossing the border for protection and Lebanon can not handle that.

  • Anonymous

    Russia and China are playing the big game and that is to burn Isreal and USA and than they will be the POWERS.
    They are the biggest suppliers of weapons to the ME they did the same in Libya situation and most weapons came from Russia. With Lebanon if it gets worse in Syria than we will have millions crossing the border for protection and Lebanon can not handle that.

  • Amine123

    UN Security is a useless council , they accomplish and do nothing unless it is for the good of their interest The people of Syria will detrmine their destiny and Bashar can kill people and crush their homes but he will never crush their determination

  • Amine123

    UN Security is a useless council , they accomplish and do nothing unless it is for the good of their interest The people of Syria will detrmine their destiny and Bashar can kill people and crush their homes but he will never crush their determination

  • Anonymous

    UN Security is a useless council , they accomplish and do nothing unless it is for the good of their interest The people of Syria will detrmine their destiny and Bashar can kill people and crush their homes but he will never crush their determination

  • Fauzia45

    Just agree to help the people from a humanitarian point of view!

  • Anonymous

    Just agree to help the people from a humanitarian point of view!

  • Anonymous

    Just agree to help the people from a humanitarian point of view!