The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution endorsing Kofi Annan’s peace plan for Syria after landing the critical support of both Russia and China. The UN and Arab League have charged Annan, a former secretary-general, with bringing about a peaceful end to Syria’s year-long uprising.
United Nations, NY- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, addressed the UN Security Council Monday with clashing views on how to tackle a year-old uprising.
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan told the Security Council Friday it must end divisions as it bids to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to halt a bloody crackdown on protests, diplomats said. Russia and China have vetoed two resolutions on Syria in the past six months saying they were unbalanced.
Syria marks the first anniversary on Thursday of an increasingly bloody uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, with recent army gains unlikely to quell the revolt and no diplomatic solution in sight.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the US secretary of state have urged the international community to speak with one voice on Syria. Hillary Clinton said that Syria’s “horrific campaign of violence” had “shocked the conscience of the world”.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that the U.N. Security Council failed its duty by not passing a resolution on Syria and said Russia and China would have to explain their vetoes to the Syrian people. “We believe the Security Council abrogated its responsibility yesterday,”
The UN Security Council is to begin consultations on an application by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for full state membership of the UN. The request needs the support of nine out the 15 members of the council, but the US has said it will veto the bid.
The UN Security Council will meet Monday afternoon to discuss a request by the Palestinians to admit the state of Palestine as a full UN member, the council’s current president, Lebanon’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nawaf Salam, told reporters on Friday.
Eyewitnesses say that at least 39 people were killed and 70 others wounded on Monday in the southern city of Daraa. The latest deaths came after a violent three day weekend of crackdowns starting with the “Good Friday Massacre.”
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lent his support to embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Monday, blasting what he called attempts by western powers to oust him by force.