Syria Crisis: Russia, China veto UN interpretation of Syrian resolution

Friday, July 20, 2012
Damascus: Russia and China on Thursday have vetoed a U.S.-backed U.N. Security Council resolution that have threatened Syrian authorities with sanctions., putting the future of diplomacy in limbo as fighting continues in Syria. 

The condition is to stop using top heavy weapons against an uprising and withdraw troops from towns and cities.

The vote came a day after anti-government rebels bombed a meeting of top Syrian security officials, killing three senior military figures with close ties to President Bashar al-Assad, and as government shelling of neighborhoods in Damascus continued.

Thursday's vote was 11-2, with two abstentions. It was the third time during the Syria crisis that Russia and China have voted against the resolution.

The vote threatens the peace mission of U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan and leaves undecided the future of some 300 peacekeepers in Syria, whose mandate is scheduled to end Friday. U.N. sources said the Security Council might convene later Thursday to extend the mandate.

The Obama administration has reportedly said Thursday it will work outside the U.N. process to help resolve the Syria crisis.
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