Ban says Syria veto undermines UN

2012-02-04 22:43

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.

  • lindz.kok - 2012-02-04 23:30

    iran is pathetic

      moziz - 2012-02-05 00:48

      Its clear you are so dumb on International Politics, stick to Malema comments!!

      kthage - 2012-02-05 04:56

      @Linz.kok, how does this have to do with Iran? You should be mad at Russia and China, Iran was not part of the Security council votes. Russia is clear on the situation in Syria, it will not vote for any resolution that chooses sides

      customdesign - 2012-02-05 15:09


  • Yazied - 2012-02-05 05:24

    Democracy and Human Rights?? I wish he was this outspoken on the Israel/ Palestinian issue. Different strokes for different folks?

      Garth - 2012-02-05 06:26

      He is! Your reading with only one eye must somehow cause you to miss this. Stick to the topic on hand.

      Fred - 2012-02-07 07:00

      Talk about being obsessed. Open your eyes!

  • Pierre - 2012-02-05 07:06

    Human rights are being miss-used to justify an invasion. It is clear that Russia and China are worried by the series of invasions in the Middle East and North-Africa. Also if Syria falls, then Iran becomes more isolated and an easier future target. NATO only needs to destabilise Iran to hurt China badly as they (with India) are the largest importers of Iranian oil. This veto is not about ignoring human rights, but politically much more is at stake. In any case none of the invasions helped human rights. Iraq is still a mess after a decade of war. Egypt is from a dictator to a military government. Libya is from a dictator to a loose coalition of Rebel War Lords. Torture and killing in all these countries have increased considerable rather than decreased; living standards have fallen from “stable middle class” to “war torn chaos”.

      Alva - 2012-02-05 08:02

      Yes. But who to side with? China/Russia? This is all still a game about oil.

      Fred - 2012-02-07 07:02

      It's all about ignoring human rights. Period. These leaders are heartless. Because of this they'll be gone twelve months from now.

  • Sean - 2012-02-05 07:52

    Fascists stick together.

  • Patrick - 2012-02-05 08:45


      Jaba - 2012-02-05 20:23

      RUSSIAN, SOUTH AFRICA & CHINA all have Syrian and Libyan blood on their hands. BRICS support (excluding India) for rouge murderess regimes will backfire. It already backfired in Libya. soon the Chinese and Russian spring will come and free another 1.2 billion people.

      Fred - 2012-02-07 07:02

      Such a childish view of things. Grow up.

  • Craig - 2012-02-05 14:57

    Like the Libyan, Iraq, Palestinian, etc etc etc resolutions are anything to be proud of???? The UN is a waste of space - always has been... in fact politics should be banned! haha

      Fred - 2012-02-07 07:05

      The Libyan resolution is something to be proud of. It freed six million people from the hands of a mad dictator.

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