Ban says Syria veto undermines UN
New York -UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Saturday slammed Russia and China's veto of a Security Council resolution on the Syria crisis, saying it "undermines" the United Nations.
Ban "deeply regrets" the failure to agree a resolution condemning the deadly crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad, a UN statement said.
"It undermines the role of the United Nations and the international community in this period when the Syrian authorities must hear a unified voice calling for an immediate end to its violence against the Syrian people.
"As Syria's crisis deepens, bringing escalating violence and suffering to the Syrian people, the Security Council has lost an opportunity to take unified action that could help end this crisis and forge a peaceful future," the UN leader declared.
Ban said the veto in the Security Council was "a great disappointment to the people of Syria and the Middle East, and to all supporters of democracy and human rights," said the statement.
Russia and China vetoed a resolution proposed by Arab and European nations and backed by all 13 other members of the council.
They also vetoed a draft resolution on Syria in October.