UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly denounced Syria’s crackdown Friday in a symbolic effort meant to push the deadlocked Security Council and the world at large into action on stopping the country’s civil war.
Before the vote, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reminded the Assembly of the fresh violence in the city of Aleppo and drew comparisons between the failure to act in Syria with the international community’s failure to protect people from past genocide in Srebrenica and Rwanda.
Though General Assembly resolutions are unenforceable, a strong vote can carry moral weight.
Friday’s session rang with accusations over why Annan’s mission failed.
“The acts of brutality that are being reported may constitute crimes against humanity or war crimes,” Ban said of the Aleppo fighting. “Such acts must be investigated and the perpetrators held to account.”
The resolution backs Annan’s “demand that the first step in the cessation of violence has to be made by the Syrian authorities.” It also demands the lockdown of the regime’s chemical and biological weapons.
It denounces attacks on children as young as 9 by the Syrian government, military intelligence services and militias. It condemns the increasing Syrian military reliance on heavy weapons, including tanks and helicopters, and “failure to withdraw its troops and heavy weapons to their barracks” in line with Annan’s proposals.View Entire Story
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