Russia, China will regret UN Syria vote: US

2012-02-06 19:12

Washington - Russia and China will regret a weekend vote in the UN Security Council that would have condemned Syria for its brutal crackdown on protesters, Washington's UN ambassador Susan Rice said on Monday.

"Russia and China will, I think, come to regret this decision which has aligned them with a dying dictator, whose days are numbered, and put them at odds with the Syrian people and the entire region," Rice told CNN television.

She added that the vote on Saturday, which came just hours after Syrian forces bombed the city of Homs, killing hundreds of civilians, "put a stake in the heart of efforts to resolve this conflict peacefully".

The resolution on the table "would have given political backing to an Arab League plan to begin a negotiated transition", Rice said.

The measure, she said, "would have done nothing more than have encouraged the Arab League in their efforts to bring the two sides to the negotiating settlement and transition to democracy".

China and Russia "have, by their actions, by their veto, dramatically increased the risk of greater violence and we've seen the manifestations of that and indeed increase the risk of civil conflict", the UN envoy said.

'Unspeakable assault'

Her strong words echoed remarks by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after the council vote, who called it a "travesty".

"Those countries that refused to support the Arab League plan bear full responsibility for protecting the regime in Damascus," Clinton said on Saturday, the heaviest reported day of death since the Syrian uprising began.

President Barack Obama on Saturday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad's government of murdering civilians in an "unspeakable assault" in Homs, and demanded that Assad step down.

"Assad must halt his campaign of killing and crimes against his own people now. He must step aside and allow a democratic transition to proceed immediately," Obama said in a statement.

Rice vowed on Monday that the international effort to reach a common stand on the Syria crisis would go forward.

"The United Nations will continue on this issue," she said.

"Thirteen of the 15 members of the Security Council are united in seeking a peaceful resolution of this. We will step up our economic pressure. We'll co-ordinate with our Arab partners... to increase the pressure on Assad and isolate him."

  • Fred - 2012-02-06 19:55

    Putin and his neo-Soviet cronies are on their way out, and there's going to be regime change in China. Good riddance to both.

      Fidel - 2012-02-07 01:38

      It's amazing how out of touch you are with reality! Watch RT and stop being fed lies by CNN and Sky News.

      Fred - 2012-02-07 04:40

      I'll look out for you twelve months from now. Let's see who's out of touch. You were so wrong in Libya, and you're still yacking away.

  • Anthony - 2012-02-06 20:27

    Russia and China are probably doing the same as they did in Libya, they are already negotiating their commercial interest with the Syrian opposition. They are slimy and have no backbone !!!!!

      nowicki1 - 2012-02-07 12:53

      And the US and Europe arn't?

      Fred - 2012-02-07 19:49

      Nowick, what does that even mean? So the US and EU aren't perfect, therefore enable and support the brutal dictator Assad and undermine the forces for good?

  • Fidel - 2012-02-07 01:40

    The resolution on the table "would have given political backing to an Arab League plan to begin a negotiated transition", Rice said Lying liers and their damn lies. That resolution would have given a fig leaf for regime change in Syria. The argument put forward by China and Russia is rational in that it says that the UNSC can never be used for Regime Chamge. F-UK-USA cannot decide the sovereignty of other countries/ Russia and China have proposed that the opposition in that country lay down their arms and negotiate a transition with their government. Benjamin Franklin killed his own people as well when they took up arms!

      Fred - 2012-02-07 04:43

      You're still backing murderous dictators who have never been democratically elected, have no support from the majority of the people in their countries, are killing thousands of civilians in a futile attempt to hold onto power, and are being overthrown one-by-one. Wake up!

      Erick Bukula - 2012-02-07 09:26

      they want the opposition 2 put down arms whist it's the goverment who's killin people in Homs, China and Russia are just scared of not loosin their last ally in the Arab world, and that despite the fact that he's killin his people, The USA let go of mubarak when he started killing protesters, why can't they do the same

  • braamc - 2012-02-07 05:33

    Agree here with the US, very different US than under murderer and criminal Bush

      Diana - 2012-06-05 12:09

      Is it any different if its ruled by a puppet?

  • nowicki1 - 2012-02-07 16:44

    Check this out :!

      Fred - 2012-02-08 07:04

      No thanks. But perhaps Fidel will. He's also living in la-la-land.

  • Diana - 2012-06-05 12:03

    Speak for yourselves yankee-doodles. You personally will make Russia and China regret? How? To wage a new war on countries you even dont have teeth to bite?

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