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Russia, China veto Syria sanctions

2012-07-19 16:45

New York - Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would impose sanctions against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad if he does not end the use of heavy weapons.

It was the third time in nine months that Russia and China have used their powers as permanent members of the 15-nation council to block resolutions on Syria.

There were 11 votes in favour, Russia and China against and two abstentions.

Comments
  • henry.bose.39 - 2012-07-19 16:56

    The blood is on their hands,the Syrian people will not forget this. When it's all over and assad is dead or fled,the russian naval base will be closed and the Syrians will purchase their arms elsewhere.

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-19 17:11

    Power!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 01:10

      Clearly your concept of power is far from true. You're supporting the oppression of Syrians by an unelected dictator. And you don't know it.

  • neville.fouche - 2012-07-19 17:20

    Russia, China and 2 abstentions. News 24 conveniently forgot to tell the readers South Africa (One’s again! is one of those Abstentions.) Sitting on the fence as usual. When the Syrian government fall (Only a matter of time) we will again be seen as part of problem and not solution. It is time for some serious changes in our foreign policy. Henry the blood is also on the hands of South Africa.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-19 19:04

      Zuma is not leading anything.

      dave.kofang - 2012-07-19 19:58

      The US always frustrate international community by blocking any move to punish Israel with its veto powers.Atleast we still have Russia and China to rely on.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-19 20:29

      It's 40 vetoes to date!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-19 23:51

      And thousands killed by the UNELECTED dictator Bashar Assad, who's father handed the reigns of power to him, and tens of thousands detained, tortured and raped by him!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 04:37

      Dave, it's sad you believe in punishment. And what does the Israeli-Palestinian issue have to do with Syrians being killed, tortured and raped by the unelected dictator Bashar Assad? Nothing.

      stephanie.sutherland41 - 2012-07-20 07:47

      @ Dave - The USA knows that no one in their right mind is going to try and take on Israel. They will fight to the last man and woman if they have to, and the sooner people realise that the better. Israel is now in proses to deport all the refugees that fled into Israel from other African countries and closing its borders. That should give you a heads up as to the length they will go to, to protect their people. Syrian blood is on the hands of those who let this continue, and unfortunately South Africa is one of those guilty. Sad but true.

  • customdesign - 2012-07-19 17:20

    The UN Security Council has lost its teeth.

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-19 17:22

    Perhaps the lybyian scam is still haunting them.

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-19 17:34

    Thank God for that.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 01:13

      For what? The continued oppression of Syrians at the hands of an unelected dictator, enabled by the neo-Communist Russian and Chinese regimes? God must be sad, really sad.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-19 17:39

    Stay firm Russia & China and tell the coalition of the killing where they can stick their chapter 7. It is nice to see Mr Veto angry!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-19 17:55

      Apparently Assad has fled to Latakia to be nearer the russian naval base or closer to Cyprus.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-07-20 00:47

      @gerhard: So what?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 00:58

      Through immature anti-West tinted lenses, let the self-styled bloody surgeon of Syria murder more Syrians and their families because they want to vote in free and fair elections.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-20 07:22

      ' tell the coalition of the killing' Do you got any idea what this is all about?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 07:26

      Stupid questions have no answers. What do you think.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 07:57

      Unfortunately Merven, he doesn't. It's all fake to him, made up by "the evil West".

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-19 17:51

    Well either way every dog has it's day. Asad is gonna be executed by his own people the same way like Qadaffi. Time for the West to give the rebels all the support they need to overthrow this pig

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-19 18:01

    It is no longer going to make much difference to the outcome of this civil war. At the most it is keeping some supporters of terrorism on this site happy. The Syrian opposition is now strong and organized enough to finish the job, they set out to do; to get rid of these assads. My believe is, that Russia knows this, and without getting their hands dirty, like them and the Chinese in Libya did, will see a change of government. Syria is not a big issue for them !! assad is a monster, but not stupid, he knows his last days as Syrian President are counted !!!

  • phae.rayden - 2012-07-19 18:11

    It's deeply disturbing to witness such a brutal conflict without hope of intervention or resolution. So much for a world that is evolving in consciousness, and this is happening in front of our eyes. As for us abstaining, if this is true, then we have no right to vote on any further conflicts ever again. ANC you are a disgrace, protecting your trade agreements over human rights, you of all people! It didn't take you long to become untrustworthy money grabbers, after proclaiming to the world you held the moral high ground after apartheid, you have become too similar to your predecessors for my liking. After this move, you are right at the bottom of the pile.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-19 18:19

      Why appeal to the ANC or SA government. Intl Relations is about commerce. The SA government is acting not differently to how the other governments act, i.e. protecting their interests.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-19 18:26

      It becomes an issue, if the SA government ONLY looks after the interests of Russia and China, and plays along with them, just because of this useless BRICs !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-19 18:43

      Indeed, it can´t possibly be more obvious than this. On the one side we have BRICS and the rest of the non Anglo-American world working for peace and reconciliation and the Imperialists and their mercenaries relentlessly bombing ahead for yeat another "humanitarian" blood bath.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-19 23:53

      On the same side as the neo-Communist regimes, we have Fidel with his immature anti-West beliefs, unwittingly supporting the slaughter of Syrians by the self-confessed bloody surgeon of Syria in the latter's futile attempt to hold onto unelected power.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-20 05:36

      Fidel, ""On the one side we have BRICS and the rest of the non Anglo-American world working for peace and reconciliation and the Imperialists........"" You just make up your own silly and childish stuff, this can only be to entertain your leftists buddies on this site, as NOBODY else takes you serious !!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 07:06

      This is an opinion thread and whether you take me seriously or not is irrelevant as I'm not trying to convert you, so either way I don't care.

  • thabiso.jamesmabandla - 2012-07-19 18:27

    Thanks Russia and China.Otherwise we were still going to witness another Libya scenario.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 01:05

      We can't have millions of Syrians voting for their leaders. This would be inhuman. We must rather have unelected dictators, who's fathers hand the reigns of power to them, torture, rape and kill those who want to vote and live free of oppression. May your family never go through what you're making the Syrian people go through.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-07-20 13:57

      What Libya scenario ? The Syrian conflict started before the Libyan one and they have already had elections . They are months into recontruction and have been at relative peace barring a pcoket of Gaddaffi loyalists in Bani Walid .This unverified , unpolled non-sense factoid of Libya being an absolutely chaotic are lies.

  • nasser.solomon - 2012-07-19 19:53

    Russia vetoed the resolution cos its one sided. The so called free Syria army are violent mercenaries & terrorists sponsored by Saudi. The same Saudi who rolled tanks into Bahrain to quell the uprising there.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 01:07

      As long as you hold onto your delusion, innocent Muslims will continue to be slaughtered by unelected dictators and Jihadists. How can you be so blind.

  • Wilbert - 2012-07-20 02:11

    When you have a regime like the Assad regime in Syria or, of course, the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe that has repeatedly fail to hold free and fair elections and thus no longer governs by the will of the people; what can the people of that nation do other than fight? Was this not the reason we too took up arms to end white colonial rule? The same people in Pretoria who are now dithering about supporting the oppressed people were themselves calling for UN sanctions against the apartheid regime in SA. “We should target both the government and opposition, because the opposition is fighting in the capital and they are well armed.” SA's UN Ambassador, Ebrahim argued. “If you say to one side that they must stop the violence and send soldiers to the barracks, what will happen to the other side?” The people of Zimbabwe have not taken up arms to end Mugabe's dictatorial rule so why did SA refuse to support the imposition of UN sanction against Mugabe to force to end the political violence and murders and hold free elections? SA is becoming more and more like Russia and China; it does not want to up hold the democratic rights and freedoms of the people of South Africa. Last year it passed the first law to limit press freedom; it is just the beginning. If you are repressive yourself then you are even more careful not to condemn the same fault in others. Those who live in glass houses must never throw stone!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 04:39

      An interesting perspective. Thank you.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-20 06:56

      Fred, I hope you don't mind me "quoting you" what you said in Feb 2012; February 14, 2012 at 20:21 ""Have we learnt from Libya, where we took a stand, then became confused, unprincipled and delusional?"" You got an incredible insight to International relations !!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 07:04

      The people of Zimbabwe agreed to a GNU after all parties signed the GPA, but your colonial mindset requires that the affairs of a sovereign country be dictated to by imperialist. Daai tyd is verby!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 08:02

      Thanks Anthony. Sometimes I get it right, and I feel it. I think that was one of those times.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 08:03

      Fidel continues to hold onto the stale, defunct, out of date "imperialist" paradigm. A self-imposed mental and emotional prison.

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