United Nations General Assembly approves Syria resolution
May 16 , 2013
The United Nations General Assembly approved an Arab-backed resolution on Wednesday calling for a transitional government in Syria.
The resolution, which is not legally binding though carries moral grounding, was approved by a vote of 107-12 with 59 member states abstaining.
The numbers indicate a tighter margin than in August last year, when 133 states voted to back a similar resolution.
Russia opposed the resolution, citing it as a potential obstacle to peace talks.
The measure condemns the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on two major issues: the increased use of heavy weapons on civilian areas, and what Qatar, which drafted the statement, describes as the “systematic violations of human rights”.
According to the UN, at least 80,000 people have been killed since the uprising against Assad began two years ago.
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