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Hundreds of regime supporters held a rally in a Damascus square, waving Russian and Chinese flags in gratitude for their blocking the resolution.

“Thanks, Russia, thanks, China, for undermining the Western conspiracy against our country,” said Nibal Hmeid, a 24-year-old teacher at the rally. She said Mr. Assad now should settle the situation in Syria “decisively and militarily against those armed criminals.”

The regime has painted the uprising as the work of terrorists and armed gangs as part of a foreign conspiracy.

The state-run Syrian Tishreen daily, one of several mouthpieces for the regime, said Damascus would not push ahead with announced reforms, which include a new constitution, allowing the formation of new political parties and parliamentary elections.

It said the international community now should back moves for a dialogue between the government and opposition.

The opposition has dismissed Mr. Assad’s reform plans as attempts to play for time, saying they will accept nothing less than his departure. It has rejected any dialogue with the regime.

AP correspondent Geir Moulson in Munich contributed to this report.