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UN Assembly condemns Security Council over Syria

  • The United Nations General Assembly has voted by a large majority to condemn its own Security Council for failing to end the violence in Syria.

    On Friday, it passed a non-binding resolution by 133 votes to 12 with 31 abstentions.

    The move came a day after UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan stepped down from his post.

    Activists estimate more than 20,000 people have died since the unrest began in March last yer.

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the conflict had turned into a "proxy war" and called on the international community to rise above their rivalries in a bid to end the fighting.

    In other developments, American media outlets have reported that U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a covert order authorizing support for the Syrian rebels.